This ‘Newborns 101’ series will follow along with the first couple of major hurdles and milestones of having a baby to help out any other first time mums out there like myself in hearing some experiences from other mums who have actually been there. You can check out the previous posts in this series here.
Today I’ve got the lovely Veronica from Mum of Five Girls sharing her wisdom on surviving the first week at home with baby.
It is so hard to believe that in 10 weeks’ time it will be 18 years since the day that I brought my first newborn baby girl home from the hospital….it is so cliché but it really does go fast!
After spending a few days in hospital you strap bub into their capsule, marvel at how tiny they look and proudly leave the hospital to take them home for the first time….the reality of this is that there is no more press of the buzzer for a midwife to appear, the fact that you are now entirely responsible for this brand new life hits home!!
Your first week at home can be a mix of emotions and feelings.
You can be so tired, especially if sleep eluded you in the later stages of pregnancy and then your precious little bundle decided to take her jolly time and left you labouring all night and all of the next day…yes that is the voice of experience!!
If you are anything like me you will be in a state of euphoria, a state of happiness like no other that you have ever experienced. In fact I still remember my brother in law saying to me that first Christmas when my first born was just six weeks old that he had never seem me so happy (mind you he hasn’t said it to me lately lol !!!)
Here’s my advice for surviving the first week of life you’re your newborn…..go with the flow….yep that’s it!! Okay so you probably won’t see that published in any baby books but take my word for it! A calm mummy helps to make for a calm baby. Just go with the flow, don’t worry about spoiling bub or getting into routines. Once you get past the first 6 weeks things will start to fall into place, but in the meantime here are a few words of advice based on my experiences to help you survive the first week….
- Bub will cry, sometimes you will know why she is crying, other times you won’t have a clue! Work on a process of elimination….is she hungry, does she have wind, is it a wet nappy, is she hot or cold? Most of the time you’ll find the answer in one of these but sometimes you won’t….and that’s okay, it won’t hurt bub to cry a little. And if all else fails cuddles from mum or dad usually help!
- Feed bub as often as she needs, take your time and enjoy the special moment between the two of you.
- Take the time to sit and marvel at this little person that you have created and grown for the last nine months! Make sure you do, seriously everything else can wait!
- Take the first 2 or 3 days at home just to yourselves to settle into your new family life. It is such a precious time so soak it in and enjoy it. It will strengthen the bond between you and hubby in a way you never thought possible.
- Family and friends will be bursting at the seams to come and visit you and your bub and it is lovely to share this special time with them too. Don’t worry if your house is messier than usual, after all they are there to gaze at your bub and probably won’t even notice anything else! And don’t feel bad if you want to limit how long guests stay for, your priority now is to look after yourself and your bub, people will understand.
- And my final piece of advice……don’t be surprised if bub waits until you have been home a few days thinking to yourself that you are getting the hang of this parenting thing to surprise you with her first absolutely huge projectile vomit…..yep speaking from experience again…..and it scared the crap out of me by the way!!
Welcome to the world of motherhood, it is truly a journey like no other. You are going to do just fine at this gig, so relax and cherish that newborn baby….and hey if you ever need a rest I’m always available to hold a newborn for a couple of hours!!!
Veronica is mum to five precious girls aged from 17 years to 6 years and wife to one outnumbered hubby…..and no they weren’t trying for a boy!! As you can imagine Veronica lives a busy life as a stay at home mum, blogging about the chaos and confusion that family life brings over at Mum of Five Girls. You can also follow Veronica on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
What are your tips for surviving the first week at home with baby?
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