You’ve survived the swollen ankles, wonky cravings, wretched morning sickness, and the pain of labor. Now you’re holding your precious new babe and it’s time to breastfeed.
So now what?
Here are 5 things you need to know about nursing your newborn the first week postpartum.
Postpartum recovery the last time I had a baby really threw me for a loop. This time I’ll be far more prepared.
I started seeing a pelvic floor occupational therapist a few weeks ago (and I’m excited to write in more detail about that later – because I think pelvic floor health is something that EVERY mamma should know about).
Postpartum anxiety isn’t as common a subject as postpartum depression is (yet), but we’re finally starting to hear a little more about this other struggle many of us face as new moms. I think one of the reasons it’s been so ignored for so long is that it’s perfectly NATURAL to have some worries as a first time mom, and therefore these fears are often brushed off as normal.
It’s something that you really can’t comprehend until you’ve done it. And even then, when you’ve done it, postpartum still seems like a hazy + baffling time.
The postpartum experience is shocking, to say the least.
I've written about it before, about how tired I am, and why co-sleep even tho we said we'd NEVER. I've shared a compilation of the flat out best baby sleep tips out there. There is just a whole lot that can be said about baby sleep.
And none of it actually makes those wide awake 3 am hours (and hours and hours) any easier.
A messy house is no fun - it makes me feel stressed and overwhelmed in all areas of my life actually. I even sleep better when my house is clean. And I can't get my house clean unless it's organized - shoving stuff into the cupboards and under the bed doesn't count as "clean" to me.
When it comes to getting organized, one of the key elements must be decluttering.
If you've read many finance books or blogs, you've probably heard that in most relationships, there is just one person who is largely in charge of the finances. It's a generalization, but one that hits the nail on the head with my husband and me. We make all our major money decisions together - house, car, investments, insurance... anything that costs more than a couple hundred bucks really. But I, almost unilaterally, do all the spending.
lways planned to be a stay at home mom, I always knew it was what I wanted… but that didn’t change the reality of our situation.
Just because I WANTED to be at home with my baby didn’t mean that we were financially able to make that happen. I see a ton of “how we lived on one low income” articles floating around… but we live in a very expensive part of the country, and generally, one low income just isn’t going to cut it here.
Raising children is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, however, it does come with its own set of unique challenges that make it difficult for moms to go to and from the office every single day in order to work a full time job.
You’re a busy mother.
But you probably also have goals that you really want to achieve. Maybe one that excites you and gives you something that is yours – outside of your role as a mother.
You’ve got kids who need you 24/7. A husband. A job. The housework needs doing. Babysitters are hard to come by and you’re barely sleeping as it is.
Never waking up again at 6 am to commute, never again worrying more about someone else’s bottom line, never missing another one of your baby’s firsts… never (ever) smiling like you mean it (but really, really, not meaning it) – when you’d rather just flat out punch the guy in the throat? (I worked in customer service. Can you tell?)
I’d be willing to bet you’ve thought about it.
~ I'm on a new adventure with the Squishy Baby, figuring out this mommy thing one day at a time. Raising little people while keeping our homes and finances under control might be a challenge, but it's one I'm excited to tackle... and I want to encourage you to tackle it too.
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