There’s no way to sugar coat the fact that the newborn phase is HARD. Especially for a first time mom. Exhausting, emotional, trying but also possibly the most special few weeks of your life. A time you’ll look back on for the rest of your life as you recount the first days with your child time and time again. So today I’m sharing a few things that really do make this the best time — remember these when you’re feeling tired and defeated!
Judgement free naps for you. Any time of the day. They even come doctor recommended… “nap when baby naps!” Now, I was never a great newborn napper but I did take the occasional nap and not feel any guilt about it, especially with my first born. How often is it in life that as a full grown adult you can nap during the day? If you can, take advantage.
I really don’t think there’s anything quite comparable to the week after a baby is born. The outside world turns off and you’re just hyper focused on your family. Sure there will be vacations and holiday breaks but this extremely slow pace of life when your only duties are to keep your babies alive is truly special. Soak it up!
It’s 100% acceptable to ignore emails and texts and better yet, people even expect you to! Relish this time to disconnect and just focus bonding with your new baby.
There’s really nothing like having a tiny newborn soundly sleeping on your chest and not feeling any guilt about nap training or worrying that they should be in their bassinet or that you’re doing something wrong. In fact, there’s no where else they should be – and as you’ll soon realize time flies entirely too fast to not enjoy all the sweet, cuddly naps you can in the newborn phase.
Again, I think this may be one of the only times you’ll have people showering you with meals and offering to help you cook. It’s hard to not feel guilty but let people do things for you!