Those first few months of transitioning back to normal life after the birth of your baby can be stretching, to say the least.
Whether it’s your first baby or your tenth everyone can stand to be reminded of creative ways to make the transition easier. Here are a few to consider.
Say no to extras.
Give yourself the gift of time off. Guard your evenings and weekends so that you allow yourself and your spouse plenty of time to rest and recharge. Nights of little sleep can be hard enough, but when you try to get through all the extracurricular activities without adequate rest during the day and evening you’re setting yourself up for an even harder transition.
Budget in advance for help with the house.
During your pregnancy consider putting away some cash to go towards having someone come and clean every week or every other week. Even just a couple of months of help can go a long way in aiding your recovery.
Prep dinner early in the day.
You never know when colic might strike or your energy might take a huge dive. Taking the time early on in your day to put ingredients together to throw in the crockpot or oven while the baby is sleeping can help later when meltdowns are more likely to happen.
Ask for more than dinners.
If someone is nice enough to organize a meal train for you, ask for more than dinners. Having freezer breakfasts and lunches on hand to pull out last minute can be a lifesaver if you have several little ones.
Ask for help.
If you’re a new mom and fighting waves of panic…..ask for help. Most women are happy to share encouragement and their own stories of floundering in the early days of motherhood. New depths of relationship can happen over coffee, chocolate, spit-up and tears. This journey is hard but full of joy. Sharing it with other women makes it even better.
What are life hacks that you used during postpartum?