When I was little and you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said a mom. When my mom was pregnant with my younger sister when I was eight, I read What To Expect When You Are Expecting. Cover to cover, no joke. When I got married and finished college I was finally ready to embark on the journey of motherhood. There was nothing that I wanted more. I had read all the books, I had researched all the gear, I was ready.
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It took two years of trying and two devastating miscarriages before my dream became a reality. But those two years brought out some pretty big doubts about myself as a mom and really shook my confidence. When it came time for my son to be born I was so nervous and overwhelmed.
If you are about to have a baby you might be in the same boat. I would love to help. Now that I have done the first 100 days with my babies three times, I have a few tricks up my sleeves. I promise you I won’t tell you to sleep while the baby sleeps, because we all know how unrealistic that is! Here are my 5, not so common, tips for new parents:
- Wash in Dreft: My babies have notoriously sensitive skin. Before they arrive I not only wash their clothes and burp cloths with Dreft, I also run a couple loads of my favorite post delivery clothing through the wash as well. That way I can snuggle my babies close without worrying about their beautiful skin being irritated by the detergent on my clothes.
- Embrace the midnight feeding: This one might sound the most crazy, motherhood can make you feel more exhausted than you have ever been in your whole life, but there is nothing more special than a midnight feeding. The whole house is silent and it is just you and the baby. No phone calls, no older kids, no dinner that needs making. Soak in those tender moments, because they fly by all to quickly.
- Buy As You Go: When you have your first baby you feel the need to buy everything, at least I did. I know it seems crazy, but get the basics and then wait. See what you need or want as you go! All my friends and family swore by the newborn gowns with elastic bottoms so I stocked up on them and had them all washed and ready. My little dude was so tall and skinny that they would like off his shoulders and slip right off his little body. They just didn’t work for me and I spent a ton of money on them! Grab a couple of outfits, a little of everything, and go shopping later. Babies “R” Us has everything you will need then and they will have it all later, too! While you are stocking up on essentials like diapers and wipes make sure to check them out, they always have great deals going on.
- Slow Down– Don’t rush. Some of my favorite memories of my babies come from playing on the floor after a diaper change, in those sweet milk drunk moments after a feeding, or in that extra giggly time right before bed. An extra five minutes won’t make a huge difference in getting things done, but it will in time spent with your little one.
- Celebrate Your Way– Just like everything else, everyone will have an opinion about how you celebrate milestones and holidays in your baby’s life. But the reality is, it is up to you! If you want their birthday to be full on party central for a week, do it. If you want the Tooth Fairy to bring books, do it! You get to choose and it is so much fun!
At our house the easter bunny comes on Saturday so that our Sunday traditions can focus on worship. It has been such a fun way to get into the both the fun and religious aspects of Easter.
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