The hard part is over! You have made it through labor and delivery, now you get to go home with your new baby! How exciting, right! So now, it’s time to learn how to survive the first two weeks with a newborn. Again, exciting, right?
Well, not exactly exciting. To some new moms, this idea can be extremely frightening. AND THAT IS NORMAL! Let’s take it slow and talk about how you can survive those first two weeks with your newborn baby.
There are five tips that I want to share with you, they are short, sweet and easy to remember. You would think that these things are “DUH!” things. But let me tell you… mom brain is real and you are about to experience it in full swing.
Grab a note pad, and pen. Jot down notes and put it on that fridge before you go into labor, so you remember these 5 crucial survival tips on how to get through those first two weeks!
This is the first mistake that we made with our first born. We had friends and family that were so excited to meet our new baby. We were first time parents and excited too. “Of course you can come meet him, as long as you’re healthy!”
We were super stoked to have friends and family come visit and meet our newborn. But oh… were we SO WRONG about having that many visitors.
Anxiety kicked in hardcore… we were NOT ready for all of those visitors. We needed a couple days at home to enjoy that baby alone and get used to the idea of having a newborn baby. We had over a dozen people in our house at once, THE SAME DAY WE CAME HOME. Not. Cool.
It’s okay to not want visitors at the very beginning. In fact, I highly recommend to NOT have visitors the first few days even. Enjoy those precious moments before others want to snuggle that new little bundle of joy.
So, I know you are home and think you’ll have time to cook. And oh mama, you are so wrong. Please please PLEASE use your crock pot, and take out those freezer meals that you prepped before you had baby, throw them in the crock pot, and boom, dinner is done!
Honestly, you will not have time to cook those extravagant dinners (probably for the next 15 years). Unless of course you hand over baby when your spouse gets home, but at that point you will want nothing but a nice warm shower! Not to mention you’ll be exhausted, which brings us to the next point.
It is important for mama to keep eating. If you start to feel sick for any reason, of course call the doc. Most mothers find out that they are not eating enough. Make sure to have some of your favorite snacks in the house too. You’ll need to be well nourished for all of those baby snuggles in the middle of the night.
When family or friends ask if they can help, use it. And it’s not even to give you a minute to rest, nap, or do something for yourself. It’s also for the fact that you’ll want someone to visit with. I mean, yes, definitely shower, nap, take a bath or run an errand…. but you’ll want to visit too!
Maternity leave gets long when it’s just you and babe. Use those family members and friends to bring you a nice warm home cooked meal if they offer, and sit and visit. They will get a kick out of snuggling that baby, so you can take a break and have some adult conversation instead of baby talk, and having conversations with just yourself all day long!
You are strong, and you are a supermom, that’s for sure. But please please please… know that you can accept help. Accepting help is a sign of strength (admitting that you cannot do it all alone), not weakness.
Bringing a baby out can be scary too. Especially if you’re new at it. Trust me when I say, it’ll save your sanity. Get out of that house. Being cooped up is not good for either of you.
Target was my FAVORITE place to bring our new babies! I would load up the baby, make sure I had the diaper bag and a cover for the car seat (because strangers getting too close to my new baby freaked me out), and out we went!
It is HEALTHY to get out of the house! Walk every day, sit baby outside in the stroller while you toss the ball for the pups, or just enjoy the sunshine. (If it’s not winter, because in MN winters are brutal and there’s no way anyone is hanging outside).
This is the most important of all. Postpartum depression and anxiety are real, and they can be real scary. This is crucial those first few weeks! Always confide in close friends and family to talk about how you are feeling.
Do not sit alone and let all of the feelings and thoughts stay inside. Talk with your significant other, talk with family and friends so they know how you are feeling.
At any sign of sadness or if you feel like you may harm yourself or your baby, it is time to talk to a professional get further help. This is such a common issue that is not spoken about out loud enough!
Do not be afraid to talk, ever! You have a great support system mama, use it.
So all in all, there are five things to remember with your newborn baby.
Soak up those early moments, because mama, once number two comes along, life will be completely different! Good luck, you’re going to great and that baby is SO LUCKY to have you as their mama.
Leah is the owner|creator of Saving Mama’s Sanity; She is a mother of two young boys, ages 3 and 1 as well as a wife to a wonderful husband, and a dog mom to two crazy pups. Leah works a full-time job in an office in a small town in Minnesota. Her passion is writing and blogging about the chaos of motherhood and how to manage it all.
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