This weekend was my first weekend since being back at work. Man! Weekends as a working mom are very different from the weekends I’ve had throughout the rest of my life.
No staying up late with wine, pizza, and Netflix. No staying in bed all day Saturday. No relaxing Sunday curled up with a book.
Nope. My weekends are now split between playing catch up with the housework and (more importantly) catching up on snuggle time with my baby girl!
Being a mom, I learn something new everyday. For example, yes, it does matter if baby’s diapers are on well. Cleaning poop off of her, her onesie, and let’s not forget the swing, is not fun.
It may not always be fun but it is always an adventure learning with my baby girl. It’s been amazing watching her grow. She really does change a little every day. She can do more now than she could a week ago. And don’t get me started on how different she is from the last time I wrote a “Tips From A First Time Mom” post (which you can find by clicking HERE).
Her needs are different now. So is my ability and capacity to meet them. I know her better. I’m more confident. I really feel like I’m getting the hang of this. Do I still have a lot to learn? Heck yes, I do! But, for now, I’m going to share what I’ve learned in the last month.
Here are my Tips From A First Time Mom: Two Months In
I’m tired more often than I’m not. I’ve come to accept that this is my new life. More than accept it, I’m learning to thrive in my new role as “Norah’s mom”. I’m balancing spending time with my baby, hubby, cleaning my house, (slowly) going back to work, and still hanging out with friends a couple hours here and there.
But, even though my life is going great, there is one aspect of my old pre-mama life that I miss.
I miss my me time.
So, I’ve decided to start making me a priority again. Here’s what I’m doing to get mama some much needed me time!
Is this a thing? Or, am I the only one struggling through week 9 of my baby’s life? Because let me tell you, these last few days have been a real doozy!
My little Norah went from a happy, quiet, content little angel (I even called her my “angel baby”) to a fussy, hard to settle little bundle of tears (we may or may not have started calling her “devil baby” it’s gotten so bad!).
Her schedule has been thrown off completely, and she spends more time crying when she’s awake than anything else. She has been waking up much more frequently at night (up from once a night to three times a night) and her naps have been short and sporadic.
I have a theory about what’s causing this little regression. Hear me out and please, if any other parents out there have any experience with this, please let me know I’m not alone!
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I talk a lot about breastfeeding. That’s because it’s something that should be talked about a lot! So many moms out there, struggling with what is supposed to be “the most natural thing in the world” (I really want to punch anyone in the face who says that, btw), don’t realize that their struggles are normal, their frustrations are shared, and that they are not alone!
One of the things that I struggled with the most at the beginning of my breastfeeding journey was pain. Pain and bleeding. Bleeding and crying. And it really just spiraled from there.
That’s when my lactation consultant handed me a piece of paper that played a big role in my breastfeeding success.
What are the biggest complications facing a breastfeeding mama? From what I’ve gathered, they are:
- Pain while feeding
- Baby not gaining weight
- Supply too low
If you’re a new mom, chances are you’ve faced one or more of these things. I suffered through all of them. It seems like every mom I met during the first few weeks of my baby’s life nodded with sympathy and understanding when I explained my breastfeeding woes. Many of them had given up on breastfeeding earlier than they wanted to. Some had soldiered on but talked about how much it hurt and how they were so thankful when their babies finally weaned.
That was not the experience I wanted. And I did everything in my power to make sure that was not the experience I would have.
I know how heartbreaking it can be to struggle with breastfeeding. I know how lonely and frustrating it is. But, I also know how rewarding it is to make it to the other side. If you’re considering giving up on breastfeeding, give me one post, one chance, to convince you to push through just a little bit longer. If anything, I want to give you hope. Tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Let you know you’re not alone.
I’ve been back at work for a total of 12 hours. Twelve hours accumulated over three days spread out across a week and a half. It’s not a lot, I know. I’m transitioning back to work slowly. I’ll be going back full time in the beginning of May.
But, still! I hate being away from my baby. Twelve hours might as well be 12,000! The prospect of being gone ten hours a day, five days a week is weighing on me big time.
I’m not worried about how she’ll handle it. She has her daddy who will be staying home with her. She’ll be fine.
I’m worried about me!