When does being a mom get easier? I remember Googling this a few weeks after Artie was born. I felt overwhelmed by diapers, tears, and hour long night feedings. I wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into, or if I could handle the responsibility of being a mom. 11 months in, I am here to tell you it DOES get easier! And much sooner than you think!
What makes those first few weeks so hard?
I won’t lie to you, for me those first few weeks as a mom were HARD. Don’t get me wrong, I was madly in love with my baby from the moment I laid eyes on him. Along with that love came the huge responsibility of caring for him and I felt an enormous weight on my shoulders that I didn’t have before.
When I became a mom I had very little experience with babies. I had never even changed a diaper, so there was a HUGE learning curve. I wanted everything to be perfect for my baby but I didn’t know how to make that happen. I didn’t even know where to start!
I was up to my elbows in dirty diapers and Artie was nursing for an hour at a time! He had his days and nights mixed up so he slept all day and stayed up all night. Not to mention I was healing from a C-section and had a bad case of the Baby Blues! I had no idea the hormones would hit me so hard!
So when does being a mom get easier?
After a few weeks I noticed being a mom got easier EVERY DAY. Babies develop and change so rapidly that they grow out of these obstacles overnight!
By the end of Artie’s first month he only had a few dirty diapers each day, compared to 10 his first few weeks. His little tummy had grown, so he was nursing far less frequently, which was a game changer for me! Your baby’s stomach actually grows from the size of a marble on their first day, to the size of a large chicken egg by the end of their first month!
When Artie started eating more, he started sleeping more. When I started getting enough sleep again is when I really started to feel like myself. Although the baby blues only lasted the first two weeks, not sleeping can affect your mood as well.
Once your baby starts sleeping through the night, being a mom feels a thousand times easier! When we aren’t getting enough sleep we aren’t functioning properly. Find out how I taught Artie to sleep through the night here!
Over time your baby will become more and more independent, you may notice these changes by the day, week, or month. Just know that being a mom DOES GET EASIER! Soon you will feel like you have been a mom your whole life! In just a few short months, I went from being a clueless new mom to sharing tips with other moms on my blog!
I am sure I have some challenges ahead of me, but I have absolutely fallen in love with being a mom and I am confident that you will too! When you are in it, the newborn phase can seem like it will last forever but it will actually be over before you know it! Enjoy those snuggles while they last, before you know it your little one will be running laps around you!
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