Some of it left me puzzled. For instance, one email from a parenting website informed me I should not watch tv, read a magazine, or even lose eye contact with my newborn while feeding her. WHAT??? A mom would go insane if she were this devoted to her newborn. Also puzzling was the ol' "sleep when the baby sleeps" line. Yep, sleep when she sleeps, only if you have a live-in maid and full-time chef around to do your chores...
|Daddy sleeping while Haley sleeps|
Want my been there, done that/real world/be more specific advice? Here goes:
1. Buy batteries. Lots of batteries. Costco size packages of batteries. When your new bundle of joy's musical aquarium stops playing in the middle of the night, those elusive C batteries will be your saving grace.
|That smile turns to cries when her aquarium doesn't work!|
2. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going for a walk. Yep, there is nothing like a little fresh air to calm the nerves for both of you. When I was at my wit's end, I would throw both girls in their stroller and go outside. It seemed to help...
3. Tell your husband you will be delusional for at least 6 months after giving birth. Sleep deprivation + raging hormones = cranky momma. You reach a point where you have to take it out on someone. Unfortunately, my husband was that "someone" for me. All he had to do was sleep in an extra 15 minutes on Saturday to put me over the edge. Before the baby comes, make a pact that neither of you will speak to a divorce lawyer until you both get a solid 8 hours of sleep for a week straight.
4. Collect menus from every restaurant in the area. Order takeout as often as your budget allows. Use that extra time you saved from not cooking dinner to get some sleep!
5. Don't stress about breastfeeding. This may be stepping on some toes, but it just isn't worth the guilt if you aren't Bessie the Cow. Some of my friends loved breastfeeding. More power to them! Just keep in mind, none of our parents and over 75% of our generation turned out just fine being fed evaporated milk and formula.
6. Speaking of formula, don't be embarrassed to use coupons! Sign up at similac.com and enfamil.com, and they will send you great ones. Also, try to use coupons everytime you buy diapers. Sign up at pampers.com, luvs.com, and huggies.com. Speaking from a retail employee's prospective, EVERYONE uses coupons on diapers and formula.
Anyone have anything else to add??