As a new parent, lots of exciting milestones lie ahead: baby’s first smile, her first real laugh and that wobbly first step. Your seemingly fragile newborn will be bouncing around like a chatty acrobat before you know it.
As a mom, you are equipped with all sorts of awesome instinctive tools for soothing a fussy baby. Did you know your voice alone is extremely comforting for your baby? If you think about it, your little peanut has been listening to your voice long before she arrived.
The initial foray into motherhood was by far the most exciting experience in my life. I felt like the first few months of my pregnancy moved at a glacial pace, then suddenly time was flying by way too fast.
The first few weeks with a newborn may be overwhelming since your life now includes understanding an adorable yet helpless little human. But during those initial weeks, newborns tend to cry for good reasons. They cry to let you know they’re hungry or they have a messy diaper.
There’s nothing more peaceful, sweet and innocent than a sleeping baby, especially a newborn. During quiet sleep, they look like little angels. Every mom agrees: sleeping babies are simply precious to watch, and I always thought the irony was how stressed out, disheveled and exhausted I looked in contrast.
The days of holding a tiny crying newborn are gone. Now you’re living in a baby-proofed world because your little munchkin is all over the place. If she isn’t sleeping, she’s probably on the go. It’s an exciting and fun time for everyone because she’s doing new things every day.
The term “bonding with your baby” is something you’ve probably become highly aware of as a mother. Perhaps you felt an immediate connection with your baby as soon as you found out you were pregnant or maybe it was love at first sight after she arrived in the world.
Smiling. Laughing. Squealing with delight. Your baby is a chatty social butterfly these days who loves “conversations” and likes “chatting” with people. She is more aware of the world around her and she finds new ways to engage with it on a daily basis.
Your sweet bundle of joy has finally arrived and she is the apple of your eye. She keeps everyone on their toes with her constant feedings, diaper changes, naps and the occasional crying fits that tend to jolt you out of your partial sleep at 2 a.m.
Earlier this year, we shared Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave Part I: Your Pumping Plan.
Today, in Part 2 of the series, we’ll chat about other things to consider like emotions, organization and figuring out a work wardrobe for your post-baby body.