How To Survive Life As A New Mom
Once upon a time I was a new mom. And my new life as a new mom started out not as I had expected or planned it would.
Eleven years ago in the middle of hurricane Rita, I became a mom for the first time. My daughter was born at the military hospital on Fort Polk, LA. It was 110 degrees outside with no air-conditioning or running water. The hospital only had emergency power. And with only emergency power, the hospital couldn’t run the air-conditioning.
Let me tell you, giving birth for the first time in 110 degree heat and very little lighting is quite an experience.
However, despite all the complications due to weather, I brought a healthy baby girl into the world!
When it was time to leave the hospital, we had no where to go. I couldn’t take a three day old baby home to a house with no air-conditioning or running water. Not knowing where to go, my husband and I drove around in our air conditioned car for over an hour. Later that day we moved all of our belongings into a new house. So, within three days I had my first baby and a new house.
Since then we’ve welcomed two more girls into our family. And yet still, even with the birth of each of my daughters, I felt somewhat like a new mom. I had the basics, like changing diapers and feeding, down to a science. But still had that life as a new mom feeling.
Here are some life hacks I picked up to help me survive life as a new mom.
I’d like to put my years of mom experience to good use and offer you some tips and advice. You can take my advice or leave it. Every mom must figure out what works for them. What worked for me may not work for you, and that’s fine. Do what you feel is right.
Life As A New Mom Tip #1
As I just said, do what you feel is right. No amount of advice or tips can prepare you for the journey you are starting. Your mom instincts will kick in and you’ll know what to do. And hey, if not- just wing it! You both will be fine.
Life As A New Mom Tip #2
Sleep when your baby sleeps. This is advice I heard over and over, and it is definitely worth taking. Naps will be your best friend. Not only will you be tired from lack of quality sleep but your body is still healing.
Life As A New Mom Tip #3
You need to decide if you’ll formula feed or breastfeed. Don’t let anyone tell you that you should do it one way or the other. Breastfeeding doesn’t work for everyone and you shouldn’t feel guilty if you decide to formula feed.
Life As A New Mom Tip #4
If breastfeeding isn’t working for you don’t feel guilty for quitting. Your baby will be healthy either way, and it’s important that you’re happy too.
Life As A New Mom Tip #5
The days after you have your baby you will encounter every emotion under the sun. I remember sitting and crying for no reason. Just ride the emotional roller coaster and know that it won’t last forever.
Life As A New Mom Tip #6
My daughters all loved to be swaddled at bedtime. Having their arms wrapped up tight helped with startling and kept them asleep longer. We loved using these swaddle blankets.
Life As A New Mom Tip #7
Create an area at home that you’ll nurse or feed your baby. Keep your phone, a book, some water and a snack handy. Prepare to get comfortable there. You’ll be spending quite a bit of time there!
Life As A New Mom Tip #8
Don’t freak out if you wake up in the middle of the night with your boob hanging out. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. There’s something about feeding a baby that puts me right to sleep.
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Life As A New Mom Tip #9
If you need help, ask for it. Because we are a military family, we live across the country from most of our family. Luckily for me I had some amazing friends that were willing to help out once my husband returned to work.
Life As a New Mom Tip #10
You may not feel an immediate bond with your baby. And that’s fine. It doesn’t make you a bad mom. With my first daughter I didn’t feel that immediate bond, but with my second and third it was love at first sight.
Life As A New Mom Tip #11
My most important piece of advice is to be gentle with yourself. You’ve gone through a major life change and your body is still recuperating. Give yourself time to heal and adjust. Pamper yourself when you’re able to. And remember that you’re a mom now, an amazing mom.
Life as a new mom may not always be easy. But it is certainly rewarding, and that is the most important part.
Welcome to the journey of motherhood. Enjoy every minute of it, because before you know it your kids will be grown and off to school or college.
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