Monday, August 19, 2013

10 Survival Tips To the Expecting Mom

A great link up and post for the moms that are the first to have babies in your 'group' of friends.
{I was the first to have a baby in our close group of friends, so I was on my own}

1. Research the things your register for. They make tons of cute things that aren't practical or necessary. When I went to register, I got all matching cutesy things, half of which we didn't use or need. Some things were too good to be true and more simple things would have worked just as well, if not better.

2. Google it. There is an answer or a forum with many answers, for everything you are wondering! Don't dwell on a question, if you need an answer or want help with something, just look for it. Forums are great, cause there is contraversy and you are more likely to find someone that has the same question or issue. Giving a quick call to your pediatrician never hurts either.

3. Live in the moment. Treat every day like it is your last with your kids. They grow up so fast and they need so much love. Remember this is your time to bond with your baby/child and to even be able to act like a kid again! Get down on their level and let them know that you are there for them.

4. Trust your instincts! No matter what others say, truly your instincts are usually right. A mother's instinct is very powerful. If you think there is something wrong with your baby, take them in or get them checked out. If you still think something is wrong and the doctor is saying they are fine, don't hesitate to get a second opinion. Better safe than sorry!

5. Take Naps. You will be sleep deprived. Even from the last trimester of your pregnancy, you most likely still won't be caught up with sleep. When your baby naps or sleep...take advantage of it and sleep. You will be in a better mood and have more energy for your baby/child.

6. Don't be hard on yourself. You are gorgeous and pregnancy will take a toll on your body. Everyone's body is different and takes different amount of time to 'recover.' Just remember you brought a life into this world, a great accomplishment and blessing. You are pregnant for 9 philosophy is 9 months to have a baby...9 months to look yourself again.

7. Don't compare you child to another baby to another baby. Every child is different and learns and develops and different rates. Also, don't compare yourself to another parent. Everyone has different parenting styles and different techniques.

8. Accept help! Having a baby can take a toll on your relationship and body. If someone offers to help, let them. If someone wants to let you take a nap, while they watch the baby, let them. Grandparents, friends and family love babies and are happy for your addition to the world, they want to help, so let them.

9. Take pictures...lots and lots. Kids grow up way too fast and change every time you turn around. They are always learning new things, making new memories and getting their feet wet with new experiences. Make sure to document it, so when the time comes, you can look back and take a walk down memory lane.

10. Make time for your marriage/relationship. Babies can be tough on a marriage and with the lack of sleep patience can get tested and 'time' can keep getting put off. Make sure to spend time with your husband or partner. There is a new baby in the world, but the two people that brought that baby into the world, need to also put their relationship into consideration, so you can remain happy.

linking up with From Mrs. to Mama for 52 weeks of blogging

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Don't forget, today is the last day to send me a picture for the giveaway picture contest!


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Caley-Jade Rosenberg said...

Love your list mama, and all so true! I was also the first to have a baby in my group of friends, and looking back I am quite glad that I was... x

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