This is a sponsored post on behalf of Ricola®. All of the amazing advice comes from my 20 years of parenting. You are welcome. This month my oldest turns 20. I have absolutely no idea how I am old enough to have a 20 year old. Bringing my beautiful healthy boy home form the hospital to start our journey together is one of the greatest memories of my life. Then it all got stressful and crazy and I became a tired, lunatic suffering from analysis paralysis who smelled like a pile of puke and yellow poop. By my the time I brought my third baby home, I had learned a lot and the first month was a whole lot different. Below are ten things that will make this journey a heck of a lot easier for you. 1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It sounds cliche and simple, but it isn’t. Once that sweet little bundle arrives we moms tend to overthink and over worry. When your mind starts spinning, ask yourself, “Is this really important?” 2. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t do it. Just because the internet and nine out of your 10 closest friends think it’s the bomb diggity, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. 3. Nothing lasts forever. If your kid needs a pacifier or better yet if your sanity needs your kid to have a pacifier, USE ONE. I did and neither of my teenagers are still using theirs. This applies to blankets, stuffed animals, bottles, swings, etc. Do what you need to do to survive. 4. Breastfeeding can be hard. You should know that for a lot of people the baby doesn’t just pop out, latch on and angels start playing harps with the beauty of it all. It takes work and perseverance and not realizing that sets you up for failure. You should also know that sometimes, for some women, it just doesn’t work out. And you should not let ANYONE make you feel guilty if you have tried and tried and just can’t make it work. I had three boys. I nursed my first for eight weeks, my second for 14 months and my third for six weeks. I did my best and I am proud of that because that’s all you can do. Your best. 5. Take a nap. This is the greatest thing you can do for yourself. The laundry can wait, the emails can wait, the perfect photo of your baby on Facebook can wait. Even those birth announcements can wait. There is nothing wrong with a humorous “he turned One and we are just getting around to telling you he was born” card. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Your sanity depends on it. 6. Get some fresh air. The mall counts. Just get out of the house. Being cooped up for days on end is not good for the soul. Put your baby in a stroller and go. Take a can of Lysol and hose people down if you are afraid of germs, but get out. 7. LET YOUR HUSBAND HELP. If he doesn’t do it willingly, force him. While it likely feels like no one in the world can care for your little bundle of drool better than you, you are mistaken. Your husband is half responsible and just went through nine months of pregnancy with you. He is is as vested in this baby as you are. Hand it over and take time for you. Your marriage will be better for it and so will you and your baby. 8. The days are long, the years are short as they say. And you know what? There isn’t a damn thing you can do about that so don’t worry about it. Live in the now and when the now sucks, daydream about the future. 9. Remember that bad ass you that used to say, “I am who I am, take it or suck it”? Cling to that. You weren’t perfect before your baby making days and you aren’t going to be now. Any attempts to strive for said perfection will assuredly cause complete craziness. 10. Being a mother is one of the most incredible things you will do in life. Being a woman, staying true to who you are, taking time to nurture yourself and your marriage is the single most incredible thing you will do for you, your husband and your children. NEVER forget you.
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