You’re happy to be a mom and you love your new baby, but you are tired and you are frustrated and you feel drained. Here are some of the things that you should remember for the next couple of months while you and your husband are learning to be parents.
- Ignore advice that’s confusing or unwanted – You are going to get a lot of advice, most of it unsolicited. Unless it’s your mom or the baby’s pediatrician, smile, nod, and forget it.
- Ignore the housework – This is a precious time for you and your baby. If someone has a problem with it, point them to what needs to be done and tell them you’re glad they offered to help.
- Accept Help – If anyone offers to help you, don’t turn them down. The help that is going to come from neighbors and from family isn’t going to last, so grab it while you can. As long as you know the person, accept their help and thank them for it.
- Delegate – If you have a lot of offers of help but they don’t know where to start, don’t be shy about telling them what needs to be done. Enjoy it while you can because these times don’t come around often.
- Keep Small Jobs – You may hate changing a diaper, but when someone offers to help tell them the housework that needs doing. They are going to be giving you more help than the two minutes that the diaper change is going to take.
- Take a Breather – Finally, go outside and get some fresh air. If you are worried about taking the baby outside or if it’s cool out, then you are going to need it. The fresh air is going to revive you and help to stave off depression, especially if it’s a sunny day.
Next – going out with your baby.