I have officially been a momma to a little for over a month.
There are so many joys that come along with such a role. That will be for an entirely other blog post, today I wanted to share with you a few things that have helped me get through this first month of motherhood (in no particular order)…
That’s right friends, this mom drinks coffee/espresso/cappuccino/cuban breve/cà phê đá/goodness.
I understand some people are iffy on the whole caffeine thing while pregnant and/or breastfeeding. Rumor has it, however (and many many doctors and research), that a bit of caffeine a day doesn’t harm your baby at all. So, I treat myself to some good ol’ coffee and make sure I rehydrate myself with more water after. Often, I take Elli on a good long walk and end up dropping by a coffee shop before coming home. Speaking of good long walks…
Getting out of the house has been a big must for me this first month, specifically in the form of walks. The day coming home from the hospital I made sure to get out and enjoy some fresh air for both Elli and myself. Walks started off as very very slow and progressively got faster and longer. I can’t wait to get the ok from my doctor and start jogging!
Having some form of a carrier/sling is a huge recommendation for the first month! I was a bit nervous about wrapping this thing up, but it was actually quite easy once I did it. Elli loves cuddling up with me & having it allows me to be hands free. I would’ve never straightened my hair, folded laundry, or even typed this if I hadn’t had the moby. Ok, that’s a lie. I would have been able to, and I did do that stuff without the moby…but sometimes she wanted to be held while I wanted to do something else. Often I just stopped what I was doing to hold her (which is a great and rewarding thing to do), but at times having the sling as an option was a lifesaver. She loves it and I could get something done.
A stability ball.
This little girl of ours LOVES this thing. We don’t have a rocking chair, but if we did, I don’t think she’d like it as much as this. She gets calmed down and falls asleep and I get a core “workout”. Wins all around!
Sometimes Summit has way too much energy, desires unending attention, and licks E way too much. Sometimes I don’t think I can handle anymore crying from my sweet girl and all I want her to do is get some shut eye so I can get some shut eye…but one of my biggest must haves from this last month is spending quality time with these two.
During one of Elli’s sleeping times, I make sure I sit down with Summit each day to play catch with him or just pet him (not for long, just a little bit). This started off being more for him than me, but it turned into something that I now treasure and am thankful for.
& cuddle time with Elli is a big must. I could easily just go through the in and outs of the day and not really take time to just cuddle and love on my daughter. I could feed her and not talk to her, hold her and not sing to her, or sing to her but do it in a begrudgingly “I’m exhausted” kind of way. Sweet alone time with her and no other distractions (including that sweet dog of ours) has been such a joy and (I am sure) will continue to be a big must in months to come.
Before I know it, E won’t even want to cuddle with me anymore…I’m trying to savor this as much as I can 🙂
I could go on and on about things that have been helpful this past month. Aiden & Anais blankets. Alone time with my husband. This nursing pillow. A swing for E. HPA Lanolin. Trips to get sno-cones at MAM’s. Alone time for myself. Lots of grace.
the oh so great holy spirit who has provided in so many ways regarding energy/patience/joy/rest/etcetera/etcetera.
Q: Mommas out there, what were your first month must haves? Share the wisdom!