It’s been over 15 years now since I first became a mommy . Sometimes it seems like yesterday, sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago.
I remember those first few overwhelming months. Questioning literally everything I was doing. Reading books to tell me whether or not I was doing it the way it should be done. Staying up most nights, battling a gassy baby, frustrations from both of us, leaky booby’s, spit up running down my shoulder, and all we both wanted probably was sleep.
No new mom has everything figured out. I think when you go through the first few weeks/months/years you’re just doing your best that you can do. Doing your best to survive every day.
I really wish sometimes I could go back to those days, and tell my younger, new mommy self a few tips. I like to share this advice with my moms that come into the studio too. You can feel the sleep deprived stress sometimes. And I know those mommies are just like me. They’re just trying to survive, trying to do everything right.
1. Did you get through the day? Did your baby survive the day? I would call that a win. You don’t have to have the whole house clean, and dinner waiting on the table with a brand new baby. You don’t have to have that ever… baby or not. I definitely wouldn’t put so much pressure on myself to be the perfect mom. I would pay myself on the back just because my baby and I got through the whole day together. We had survived. It’s truly all that needs to happen in the first few weeks.
2. Snuggle that baby every second you can. I actually feel like I did do this as a new mom. But I’m gonna throw it in my list because I have a lot of new moms in my studio that talk about this. And I always tell them, snuggle that baby!! There’s no such thing as spoiling your baby with too much love. Before you know it, they will have grown man legs, with hair that could rival a gorilla. Before you know it, they’re going to be bigger than you. ( and yes I am writing this with tears in my eyes ) before you know it, they will be staying hours up in their room alone. So don’