Life with a newborn can be daunting, especially for first-time moms. Exhaustion, the realities of the demands of a baby, and the realization that your life and time is no longer your own can be overwhelming. (If you are breastfeeding and/or have a baby that won't take a bottle, this is even more magnified.) You may feel that you have lost your "groove" forever and that things will never get back to "normal." You will eventually get into the groove of your NEW normal, I promise.
In the meantime, it's super important that you some find time to take care of YOU. It's not selfish, mom. You cannot give from a depleted source. Your whole family will benefit from you taking care of yourself.
Here are a few ideas for squeezing in some self-care.
I hope these tips are helpful! You're doing great, mom. Hang in there. Remember, "this too shall pass." Your kids will always need you. This short season of being "on demand" all the time will lift. In the meantime, make sure you find time to recharge. It'll do you good!
Happi loves serving families in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago as a labor doula and childbirth educator. When she's not at a birth, she loves spending time her husband and three boys.