A few weeks ago I put out a request on Twitter asking some sweet Tweeting moms I know to share their advice for a first time mom. It’s been on my heart lately to seek suggestions and real life advice from moms who have been there, done that, and survived to tell the tale. Consider it a search for the Proverbs 31 woman 🙂
Here are the responses I received:
Don’t worry about your to do list…let it go…take naps every time your new baby takes naps. You will be tired from getting up to feed the baby every 2-4 hours and need the rest for your body to recoop. Once the baby sleeps all night then start getting more of that to do list done!
~ Karen @FaithFamilyFibr
My #1 piece of advice, based on my limited four month experience, is to GO EASY ON YOURSELF. Know that your level of productivity will totally shift…and that it’s okay! You just had a baby, you’re getting adjusted and everything is different – from your body to your energy level. For a long time I felt like I wasn’t getting anything done, but after talking with moms of all levels of experience, I discovered was going way beyond new mother expectations. I just needed to realize I can’t do everything I could pre-baby. Snuggling with and caring for your new baby are the most important parts of your job as a mom. Embrace those “tasks”!
As for my Twitter community – it’s been GREAT to have those real-life moms at my fingertips for advice, commiserating, sharing funny things, etc. They’ve been lifesavers for my many questions and companions during those middle of the night feedings. Soo, I guess THAT should have been my #1 piece of advice – join Twitter – ha!
~ Laura @lovegrrbottle
And finally, this wonderful post by Lisa-Jo, @thegypsymama: “Why Motherhood Shouldn’t Be Graded on a Curve”