I survived. I lived through the toughest boot camp of my life – motherhood 101. Raising a newborn can be exhausting. I’ve experienced many sleepless nights, endless feedings, crying fits (both me and the baby) and lots of prayer time. I love my son, but he can be a handful.
One month later, and two pounds heavier, this little man can sleep five hours, loves to cuddle, smiles, coos, and knows mommy and daddy’s voices. His eyes will even follow us around the room. He eats every two – three hours during the day and even longer at night. He’s not as gassy and has managed to grow into his three-month pj’s! Overall, motherhood has gotten easier.
For all you new moms getting ready for your bundle of joy or who are already immersed in the amazing adventure of motherhood, remember you will survive. Try to focus on the positive. Instead of dreading those middle of night feedings, I looked forward to the quiet times to read my devotionals, level up on my new Harry Potter game and just enjoy the peace.
Many days, I felt really unproductive. I’m used to a very busy lifestyle which makes it difficult to just sit still. Some days, the baby sleeps or just relaxes in one of his loungers. Other days, I can’t put him down. Those are the days I try to be creative when I am too complacent. We read books, play the Kinect and walk around every inch of my house. But most days, I can work out for 30 minutes, or clean the dishes – sometimes even get to dusting and cleaning the bathrooms.
When you’re in the middle of it, month one seems endless. The days seem longer than ever before and you might even dread bedtime (which can really be two-hour nap time for your baby).
Still, one month later and I can find the time to write a blog post without a baby in my arms and the dark circles under my eyes are starting to go away. Pretty soon, this guy may actually sleep through the night. So good luck to all you parents on this same exhausting journey.
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3