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Newborn Baby Care: New Mom Advice
on Jul 04, 2012
by Tiffany Merritt
Life with a newborn is all about giving yourself plenty of grace. But when you're old & grey, you won't wish that you had spent more time cleaning or organizing but always so glad for the time you have with your kids when they were little.
How do you survive the first days with a newborn baby? Well, this is Layah! She is our newest edition, she’s three and a half weeks old and today I’m going to talk with you about life with a newborn.
You may be wondering why I am surrounded by a pile of laundry slash miscellaneous crap! I thought about cleaning up the bed before filming this and then I thought no! This is the whole point. This is what life with a newborn is like. I do have time to wash and dry the laundry; I have yet to find the time to fold and put away the laundry-ever. This is a recurring problem. I also find in the kitchen, I can usually make the time to make some food; I cannot clean up after myself. There’s just no time because there’s a little one who really loves to be held. And lets you know if you’re not holding her the right way, long enough, whatever. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
I also do a lot of laundry now, you may think why is there so much laundry? They’re so little. Look how little their clothes are. Yes but she wears just three to five outfits a day. Mommy wears just three outfits a day and our bed sheets get washed, yup everyday, because we like to change her on the bed. When will we learn? I don’t know. I actually have a bed sheet right here and the reason it is covering me is because, I’m not wearing any pants! Why am I not wearing any pants? Because, Leah threw up on me earlier today and that came on the heels of throwing up on me earlier in the day which she threw up on my other pair of pants. And, this is another thing about life with a newborn. Just what it’s like – postpartum. Your body is just weird; my maternity clothes don’t really fit me anymore. My pre-pregnancy clothes don’t fit me; I’m in this very strange, awkward place body wise. And so I have like two pair of pants to fit. Well, she threw up on both pairs so here we are. I’m covered by a bed sheet.
The point of all this is not to paint a dooming gloom picture about life with a newborn. It’s simply to say you need to give yourself plenty of grace. You need to really set the bar low. I personally am very type A. I love having a list. I get immense joy out of crossing things off my list. If I do something that isn’t on my list, I’ll write it down and cross it off-you know that type.
It has been a challenge, and I experienced this with my first child too. It’s been a challenge watching my daily to-do list of forty-eight items, whatever case may be, I get, maybe 25% of them done. It hurts my heart. But, I try to remind myself that when I die, I won’t wish that I had spent more time cleaning or organizing this mess but always so glad for the time that I have with my kids when they were little.
So, just be aware that your house is probably going to be a mess, your clothes are going to have spit up on them, pretty much at all times, you’re not going to have anything to wear literally and you’re going to have a whole lot of fun at the same time. So, that’s life with a newborn. Say bye Layah!
Thanks everyone, good luck!
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Tiffany is a mompreneur & editor whose parenting tips and product recommendations can be found at her popular blog, Stuff Parents Need, where she's busy making life a little less hectic for new parents.