It’s official, with the birth of Joshua Michael, Finley has more friends than me and she isn’t even 1 yet! Weighing in at a chunky 8 lbs 15 oz he was lucky enough to meet his parents Nicole and Michael last night. Judging from the pics I have gotten so far I am debating allowing Finley to meet him because he is too handsome and completely perfect.
I figured now would be a good time to pass on some of my wisdom to the new parents
- Let the nursery take the baby for a night-you can really use the solid few hours of sleep after labor/c-section. Don’t feel bad, you will get countless sleepless nights in the very near future.
- Take everything not bolted down at the hospital (I even took diapers from the room next door)
- Take all the help you can-I know it’s hard to let go of things sometimes, but your arms will be sore and your body will be exhausted VERY soon.
- Don’t feel bad if you ignore dishes and cleaning when you get home. It will get done eventually and nobody will notice since they will just be focusing on that new baby.
- Put a sheet on your couch now, that baby will find a way to spit up (or worse) all over it. Seriously, my couch or rug may have skidmarks on it.
- It’s okay to ignore people for a few weeks, you need to get used to your new lifestyle, don’t feel like you need to re-tell your story 20 times a day for the first week-enjoy your baby.
- Use your wrap, sling, moby, whatever carrier you have around the house-your back/arms will thank you.
- It’s okay for the baby to cry for a few minutes while you shower or run out to get the mail.
- If you are nursing and it isn’t going great, give it 2 weeks before quitting. Sometimes your body just needs a little time to get used to things, and as they say…Breast is Best.
- Feel free to ignore your mom/aunt/neighbor/crazy lady at the grocery store’s advice…they could be wrong? Your baby may not like/want whatever they are pushing on you.
- When people tell you that they never/always did something so it isn’t a big deal or you “new moms” over-react about stuff, just say okay and do what you want. They also didn’t use car seats 35 yrs ago and had babies sleep on their stomachs. Since the back-is-best movement SIDS has dropped drastically and I don’t even want to know the statistics on car seats…maybe these new “rules” do work??
- Finally, take ALL advice with a grain of salt…even this : )
Welcome to the Cool Kids Club Joshua, I can’t wait to meet you!