Happy Mother’s Day friends! It’s my first Mother’s Day and I just wanted to share some thoughts and feelings about the day and the list few weeks of parenting a newborn.
So far having a newborn is both amazing and beautiful and hard and challenging. It’s the most incredible experience but also pushing me to become a better, more patient person.
I thought being pregnant was hard and giving birth was difficult, but in just three weeks of this new hard work I’ve learned so much about how to take care of a baby and also how to take care of myself. It’s been way more challenging than I expected to recover from childbirth while also being responsible for a tiny human. Trying to balance the necessary work involved while not burning myself out or hurting myself has been a challenge but I’m very appreciative of my husband, family, and friends who have helped me through the first few weeks.
There is so much they don’t tell you about the first few weeks of postpartum life caring for a newborn!
I didn’t know how much rest I would need to recover from birth complications or how sore my body would be for weeks after.
I didn’t know that the advice “sleep when the baby sleeps” would be useless or I’d have strong insomnia the first few nights I was home.
I didn’t know I’d cry soooo much over sooo many things. I cried from being happy, from being sad, over things that mattered, and things that didn’t matter.
I didn’t realize the hormones post childbirth are insane and make you feel out of control.
I didn’t know that I’d have to google 1,000 different questions about my baby because the limited instructions from the hospital didn’t cover something we encountered.
In short, despite reading a ton beforehand and talking to other new moms, I was pretty unprepared for the first few weeks with my baby! Luckily we’ve figured it out with help from the internet, YouTube videos, our pediatrician’s office, and some instincts.
So while I have struggled through the first few weeks of sleep deprivation + recovery + newborn parenting, I’m so incredibly happy to have this little one in my life now. Sometimes the hardest things in life are the most rewarding.