Friday, May 3, 2013

Preparing For A Little One: {Bringing Baby Home}

Preparing For A Little One
Wifessionals is hosting a mini series on pre-baby and post-baby topics. This week's topic is: Bringing Home Baby/ Surviving the First Few Weeks.

For a new mom, this can be stressful--you may not know what to expect and if you're not prepared it can be overwhelming.

Here is one thing I learned: it's ok to say no and it won't hurt people's feelings.
When I got home from the hospital with Audrey, all I wanted to do was rest and spend time with her. I most definitely was not up for entertaining guests. My mom took a picture of Audrey and posted it on our door with a cute little poem basically saying that we very much appreciated all visitors, but mommy and baby are really tired--we would love to see you again in two weeks.
We only had family visitors those first two weeks and we will probably do the same thing again.

Another thing I learned the hard way--it's ok if baby cries a little. I was that mom who wouldn't even take a shower because I couldn't stand to even hear her whimper. I would wait until Brent got home and honestly one day I ended up in tears over it because I just wanted to get up and take a shower (it's ok for you to cry too--it's a big adjustment!). So, finally I learned that they will survive the ten minutes I am in the shower. I compromised by putting her in her bouncy seat right outside the shower where I could peek at her from behind the curtain. She did fine and I felt much better.

It's ok to ask for help. No one will judge you for it. If you are not sure about something or want advice on how to handle something, find a seasoned mom and ask! It doesn't make you a "bad mom" if you need help!
Lastly, enjoy your baby. It truly goes faster than you could ever imagine.

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  1. I was the same way when it came to my baby crying, Staci! I hardly ever put her down in those first few weeks and finding time to shower was difficult because I didn't want her to cry. I ended up doing the same (bringing her in with me) most days too but eventually learned that babies are going to cry sometimes and that there was no way I could keep it from ever occurring! You really do learn SO mch with that first baby!!!

  2. hi staci, thanks for following me I am now following you too via google+!

    this looks like a fun series, goodluck!


  3. yeah one thing i didnt like after having a baby is seing guest. My husband was too excited to show the baby he just completely forgot i needed rest too.

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  4. i was the same way! I didnt want visitors or family staying out our house. A few were offended but you need that time to heal and to adjust.

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  5. Congrats :)

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  6. Thank you for sharing this- I am a new mommy to be!!

  7. I remember the day we brought home our newborn! I definitely miss having a little one. My "little one" is 7 now!

  8. This is a great post. I remember when I brought my first son home from the hospital.

  9. Great tips for new parents! It is ok to say 'no'!

  10. What a beautiful baby. It is a long time since I first brought my son home, but I remember it like it was yesterday.


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