There's perhaps no steeper learning curve than your first week as a parent. Blogger Jess Bovey is passionate about telling it like it is, in order to help others transition into the 'New Mum Club'. Jess shares her post about the realities of life with a newborn.
I thought I was totally prepared. The nursery was complete, and I was mentally ready. Oh boy was I wrong. For starters, the baby was in our room anyway so the nursery didn’t matter a bit in those early days and I finally started to understand why everybody had told me to ‘sleep while you can’ when I was pregnant.
Everybody’s experiences are different so don’t take this as gospel - this post is based off my own personal experience and tips that I think would have been helpful for me to have known going into this whole parenting thing blind.
For me, the first 24 hours were a blur. Honestly, I was so scared leaving the hospital with this new little baby who was completely dependent on me. When Reuben and I got in the car at the hospital car park (away from both of our parents), I burst into tears. I was emotionally and physically drained. And freaked out about what was to come. I haven’t been around a lot of babies so can honestly say, I had NO idea what I was doing.
Surviving the first few weeks
I’ve broken this down into bite-sized tips, although there are probably things I've forgotten in the blur!
Jess Bovey, pictured with her newborn son Baxter
So there we have it, a few tips to help you maintain some sort of sanity in those first few days and weeks. For a lot of us new mums it can be an incredibly daunting time, but with a bit of support and knowledge, difficulties can be eased.
Most importantly, try and enjoy it. The days goes surprisingly fast and our children are only small for a short period of time.
Jess started a secret blog during her first pregnancy. No longer a secret, Jess now shares her experiences of motherhood at newmumclub.com. It’s raw, it’s real and it’s not for the faint-hearted. Jess lives in Wellington with her partner Reuben and their son Baxter. They are expecting their second baby in April 2017.
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