I am not going to lie, for me, those first six weeks with my newborn were HARD! I wasn’t getting any sleep, my hormones were all out of whack, and I was adjusting to being responsible for another life for the very first time.
I was prepared for the lack of sleep, I had been warned about that, but I was shocked by the emotional roller coaster that followed after childbirth. I have never been so happy, and yet so sad at the same time! I definitely had a case of the Baby Blues!
Those weeks were filled with happiness and joy, but at times were also overwhelming and exhausting. Here are some things that helped me survive those first weeks of motherhood. I hope these tips help you through the first six weeks with your newborn too!
Artie was born during flu season so he had to stay secluded for his first two months. There is only so much you can talk about with a newborn, so Netflix helped me pass the time. I found it especially helpful during long nursing sessions!
Don’t feel guilty for watching a little TV, I binge watched every episode of Parenthood! It’s a great show for new moms to watch! What other shows would you recommend for moms with newborns?
Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps
Some moms say this isn’t possible because there are things to do around the house, but for me it isn’t possible to do things around the house on three hours of sleep! During his first weeks Artie had his days and nights mixed up, so he was up all night and took long naps throughout the day.
After a few days without sleep I realized I couldn’t do it all.. at least not without some rest. I knew I had to find a solution that worked for us, because if I continued not sleeping I would be too exhausted to care for my baby. That’s when I started sleeping when Artie slept.
When he woke up in the morning, I would bring him downstairs to our living room and set up the couch with pillows and blankets so I could nap when he did. I would keep going back to sleep every time Artie did until I felt like a human again!
It’s all about making yourself comfortable! I was able to get my chores done in the afternoon and felt much more refreshed!
Cooking is usually all about timing but those first weeks with a newborn are unpredictable! I would start dinner in the crock-pot when Artie was napping and at night we had a few hours time frame that we could enjoy dinner.
I have always been someone who likes to do things on my own but if there was ever a time to accept help, it’s now! Let your family and friends watch your baby so you can actually take a shower. Trust me, you will so much better!
Even a simple offer to change a diaper can make a difference. That is one less diaper you will have to change! That diaper could be the last thing standing between losing your sanity or not! (just kidding… kind of)
Get Out of the House
I have never felt more free than I did on that first trip to the grocery store. I rolled my windows down and turned the radio up! I never thought a trip to the grocery store would feel like a vacation.
True, it’s hard to be away from your newborn, but you will feel so refreshed afterward and will be so happy to have him back in your arms! Even if you just take a walk outside, it’s so important to get out of your house, the change of scenery is just what you need!
Sometimes, as new moms, we get so wrapped up in taking care of our newborns that we forget to take care of ourselves. Make time for yourself, you won’t regret it!
Dry shampoo is a new mom’s best friend! It’s hard to feel like yourself when you don’t have time to shower, but a little dry shampoo and running a brush through your hair can work wonders!
I have tried at least ten different kinds and I absolutely love this brand! Unlike most dry shampoos, it sprays on colorless, without leaving behind any white residue. It also adds volume so your hair will look AMAZING in any style! If all else fails just throw on a hat!
What helped me more than anything was talking to other moms. Those first few weeks were some of the most exciting, yet challenging weeks of my life and it really helped having someone to talk to who could relate.
Open up about how you are feeling because they probably felt the same way! Whether it’s your own mom or other new moms, they will help you feel less alone on this crazy journey called motherhood!
Enjoy the Snuggles!
The newborn phase, although it may not feel like it at the time, is such a short phase. Before you know it, your newborn will be a walking, talking, toddler!
Enjoy getting to know your baby because these months will fly by! Take tons of pictures and snuggle every chance you get! Your baby is only a newborn once so take a deep breath and recognize what a fantastic job you are doing!!!
I would love to hear how you made it through those first six weeks with your newborn! Let me know all about it in the comments below!
If you enjoyed this article check out Your Baby’s First Year: What To Expect, a MUST READ for new moms!
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