Here are a couple pictures from the very early days after her birth. (No make-up and sleep deprived)
Okay, so I had no idea in what motherhood would be like. I mean, I read half a dozen books, numerous blogs, and every magazine about babies out there. I have babysat many babies, had younger siblings and took all the classes but you still have no idea until you have your own.
The truth is I was so much more tired than I could have imagined. Breastfeeding on demand is like working a 24 hour job, every day. At least the boss is as cute as they get.
The relief was I LOVE motherhood, more than I could have imagined.
Thanks to numerous friends and family members our fridge was stocked with healthy and delicious meals from day one. Our tummies thank you!
However I had no idea how challenging it would be (even now) to shower, do laundry, complete house work, even grab a bite to eat with a little bundle in tow. Our laundry is close by so I shouldn't complain but it is tricky toting a baby and a basket outside behind our apartment to pump quarters into the machine (yep coin laundry). So I usually wait until Kevin is home and thankfully most of the time he is happy, well willing to do it. Thank goodness because I only have about a dozen things that fit me and Chloe is one of those spit-up prone kind of babies.
My point is, when I read this article I thought I would share it.
Six Ways to Ease Postpartum Frazzle:
and my favorite (well researched) Breastfeeding + Parenting website so far:
And sometimes the perfect advice is to listen to yourself.
When I feel overwhelmed it often means:
I'm hungry, I'm tired or I need a change of scenery.
Thanks to Kevin and my little bro, this weekend I got some extra rest, laundry done and then took a 2 mile walk this morning. It was bliss!