Things I Learned as a New Mom by Natasha from Schue Love – Lynzy & Co.

Things I Learned as a New Mom by Natasha from Schue Love

Hi Friends!  I’m Natasha, mama to my 14 month old son, Ethan, and author of Schue Love.  Lynzy asked me to be here today to talk about some of the things I learned early on as a new mom.  This past year has been one of the best, but it was definitely a roller coaster!
I use the word “roller coaster” with purpose, because the early stages of mommyhood are exactly that.  There are ups and downs and everything in between.  I’ve experienced the best kind of joys and the lowest of lows, especially in the fist few months.  Caring for a tiny human being is such a rewarding job, but there’s no question that a lot of worry, anxiety and frustration that come along with it.  I hope to pass along some wisdom for those early days…as well as to any of you who are about to embark on this journey…because the truth is, the newborn stage is fleeting and it only gets better and better as they get older.
Fake it ‘Til You Make It
 In the beginning, nothing seems normal.  Here you are, having prepared for 9+ months for this little bundle of joy to enter your life, and then BOOM, he’s here!  It’s such an enormous change and something I feel like we moms talk very little about.  My best advice is to take one day at a time…do things that help you feel better about you.  Everyone told me to let go of the dirty dishes and laundry…but it literally gave me hives to walk into a room with clutter.  So I did the things that helped me feel more normal, like clean up around the house and take a shower and then I was able to really devote all my attention to my little guy. 

Embrace Your Curves
I’m not going to lie…having a baby really puts your body through the wringer.  I barely recognized my body at first…it was rounder and softer and sore!  Give yourself time and things will start to look normal again.  It’s true what they say…it took 9 months to put it on, give yourself that time to take it back off.  Especially if you’ve got a body like mine that seems to want to hang on to some of the pounds while breastfeeding.

Take Time Out for You
We all have enough guilt as it is without having to add the layer of feeling bad about leaving baby, even for a second.  It’s ok to take that long bath or treat yourself to a pedicure in the first couple weeks.  You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of your baby.  It’s not selfish…it’s surviving!

Invest in a Good Camera
 One of the best things we did was buy a quality camera once Ethan was born.  I will cherish the photos I have of him forever.  And document everything!  You won’t remember it and you’ll be glad you have your notes down the road.
Slow Down and Enjoy
Sometimes I find myself wanting Ethan to get to the next stage…I’m always thinking of how fun the next steps will be!  But then I take a deep breath and remember that he’s only going to be this young once.  Every stage is so incredible and I really want to be able to revel in it and enjoy instead of waiting for the next steps.  Soon enough he’ll be all grown up and I know I’ll wish I could take him back to being a little baby so I could cuddle him one last time!  🙂

{photos via Art Yard}

I hope this helps and congrats to Lynzy on the arrival of Olivia!!  So very excited for you and the amazing adventure ahead!
xo natasha

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