I hadn’t been around babies much before my first son was born. I had never even changed a diaper.
I didn’t have a clue what I was doing and I was completely, utterly overwhelmed and exhausted.
I spent the time when my baby was napping searching for information in baby books and online like how to breastfeed without my nipples feeling like they would fall off and how to get more sleep (ironic when I Could Have Been Sleeping!)
It’s been another night of 5 hours of interrupted sleep. Or less. Your baby has recently discovered the joys of being awake for the day at 5:30am. You’ve had 2 cups of coffee but you’re still in a total sleep-deprived haze.
And you just have to keep going. All day long.
What’s a mama to do to get through the day?
The day is looming. The end of your maternity leave. Maybe you’re feeling dread. Maybe you’re feeling excitement. You might be feeling a combination of both.
It’s a big deal, there are all sorts of decisions to make. Go back to work full-time or part-time? Daycare or nanny or Grandma? Should you even go back to work at all?? Or maybe you don’t have a lot of options and you have to do what you have to do even if it doesn’t feel quite right.
So many moms face indecision during this time of transition.
As a mom, you may have this idea that you have to do it ALL on our own. But is this true? Is it healthy? Is it even possible? Why do we place all this pressure on ourselves?
You look after our children all day long, squeezing in the dishes, the laundry, the cleaning. You cook three meals, prepare two snacks, change diapers, go to playgroups… And maybe you work full-time or part-time as well.
By the end of the day you are totally. completely. exhausted.