I was an emotional WRECK after having my first baby! Tears were always welling up in my eyes. I felt like everyone was judging me if the baby cried! I could not even hear what people were saying! ‘GET IT TOGETHER!’ That is what rang in my own mind.
I pretended like I was fine but knew that my close friends could see right through me! People offered to help with the baby, but I always made an excuse. I didn’t want anyone to know that I felt like I was falling apart at times! I was embarrassed that our apartment was a mess, I looked exhausted, and I never had any food ready to give guests… I didn’t realize how silly it was to stress about people offering to HELP me!
Here are ten things I wish I could have said to myself during those first few weeks at home with my new baby boy.
When I had my second baby, I was actually very happy that I had written in a new mom journal. I was able to see just how emotional and exhausted I had been! It is a journey! It was definitely easier for me the second time around, but the emotions and changes are still strong!
If you have a friend who is a new mama call her, send her a card, or send over dinner! Just know that she might need time to say yes to needing the help you want to give!
Good job to all the new MAMAS! You got this!