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The hardest part of postpartum life is returning to life as you knew it.
As you are thrown into your new role, everything around you seems to change and at times can feel very overwhelming.
Having a baby changes your body, mind & emotions. It often leaves you asking questions and doubting yourself.
Should I catch up on housework or sleep?
This is a question I ask myself every weekend.
After my son turned 4 months old, I returned to work. After being a stay at home mom for four months, I was thrown back into the chaos of mothering and working outside of the home.
It seems like I can never catch up on laundry and there are always dishes in the sink.
Cooking dinner often takes hours because I’m stopping to breastfeed in the middle or break up a fight between my daughters.
If the baby is napping, I feel guilty about sleeping myself.
There have been times that I laid down to nap, but stayed awake thinking of all the things I could be doing.
But after so many days of not getting sleep, I crash. So now I work some, sleep some.
If I don’t get sleep, I’m no good to anyone. Not even myself.
When will I be myself again?
Spending hours of snuggle time with your baby can sometimes make returning to work difficult.
How can I get my husband to understand how I feel?
If I have a newborn, obviously I’m not getting much sleep. And those moms who brag about their babies sleeping 6-7 hours at night? I hate them.
Lack of sleep=being cranky
Being cranky=I’m not the most fun to be around
Getting back on the same page with your husband after having a baby is tough.
There are so many challenges that are present after having a baby like physical complications from childbirth, embracing your postpartum body, juggling a new baby along with older children, not desiring sex, and lack of sleep just to name a few.
Sometimes we make assumptions about our spouse. We think that they should know how tired/hungry/aggravated we are.
Living with a newborn can be taxing, so it’s important to communicate how you feel with your spouse. Don’t assume that he knows how you feel.
How do I embrace my postpartum body?
I love fashion, but every time I leave the house, I am usually making a mad dash in and out of my closet. I pick something that resembles and outfit I wore before baby that
A. doesn’t need to be ironed
B. doesn’t look like I stuffed myself into it.
I often get frustrated because even though I can fit into my pre-baby clothes, they don’t fit the same.
My squishy mom belly sits under my pants and finding clothes that don’t accentuate my mid section are always challenging.
Shopping with 3 kids presents a challenge, so now I do most of my shopping online. One of my favorite places to shop is Jane.
With all the Daily Boutique Deals, I can always find clothes that are high quality, fashionable & affordable.
Could my baby be any cuter?
Through all the sleepless nights and frustrating moments, at any given time, your phone is now full of pictures of your baby. You might look rough, but those toothless selfie pictures with you and baby always bring a smile to your face.
Looking into the eyes of your little one reminds you that all the sacrifices you are making are for a good cause.
Babies don’t keep, so soak up all those sweet little moments, even when they keep you up at night.
Give yourself some grace mama. Having a baby is a beautiful blessing, but it also changes you forever. The way you look at life (and yourself) is different. Motherhood changes you, and it takes time to adjust to the new you.