For many new moms, the only thought scarier than actually giving birth is the weight of responsibility that will come straight after. Once they hand you that tiny swaddled bundle of joy at the hospital, that baby is yours for keeps. Just one or two days later, you’ll be heading home in complete shock and disbelief that the hospital let you leave with something so precious when you have absolutely no clue what you’re doing.
Shaking Off The Challenges Of The First Few Months
First, take a deep breath. You’ve got this. Almost 400,000 babies are born around the world each day, and every single one of their parents has the same fears as you do, even if it isn’t their first time. There are some amazing and challenging times ahead, momma, but you were made for this.
One of the hardest things about the newborn stage is sleep deprivation. Brand new babies need to eat every few hours, so even if you’re lucky enough to have a supportive family, you won’t be getting a full night of uninterrupted sleep anytime soon. The best advice we can give you is to rest when you can, take help when it’s offered, and this too shall pass. It might seem like one long, never-ending blurred-together day while you’re going through it, but one day it will seem as if it flew by in a blink.
One Small Baby With Limitless Potential
By far, one of the most fascinating things about witnessing the first few weeks of a baby’s life up close is getting to watch them experiencing new things constantly. It’s a whole new world outside the belly, full of sights, smells, and sounds that are brand new. You and your baby get to experience it all together.
Human beings are driven to care for living things, especially young or helpless living things. This isn’t limited to motherhood; by the way, it also explains why we love pets and house plants. So your deep dark fear that you won’t know how to keep your baby healthy, happy, and safe shouldn’t hold you back. Your natural instincts to care for this baby have been evolving for millions of years. Don’t worry; it will come to you.
There are so many things to look forward to in these first few weeks. Looking into your baby’s eyes as they eat in the middle of the night, cuddling up with a warm tiny body in a soft knotted gown, the way babies smell so impossibly good, and so many more. Do we even have to mention the teeny toes and tiny fingers?
Finally, a wonderful benefit to having a new baby in the family is the outpouring of love and support you will receive from family and friends. While it’s tempting to lock yourself away with the new baby and soak up every minute for yourself, having your support system in place will allow you to accept help, get a little relief, and enjoy this time to the fullest..