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Survival 101-Taking Care of You

Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions. She is passionate about babies, toddlers and their parents. After working in the field for over twenty-five years, she wrote her third award-winning book, HELP! MY BABY CAME WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS which is available at  www.babyinstructions.com, Amazon.com and all major bookstores . You can hear Blythe’s weekly radio show on Wednesdays, 11am EST @ http://www.toginet.com  Blythe is available for in-home, video and telephone consultations. Become her Fan on Facebook and Twitter at Baby Instructions.

©Blythe Lipman 2011

Wow, is the baby really here? I can’t believe it!!!  While you waited nine long months for your baby to be born, you never really thought about how your life would change.  When your friends said you would never have a minute to yourself, you thought, “I can’t wait to be a mother, who needs free time?”

The baby is now three weeks old. You can’t remember the last time you showered, your shirt has spit-up on it, you didn’t eat all day and you’ve never been so tired in all your life. And you’re wondering if you will ever have time to take care of yourself again.

Here’s how to make yourself a priority:

  • Don’t forget to eat. You need your energy to take good care of your baby. Without fuel your car just won’t run!
  • Try to stock up on healthy foods, fruit and vegetables, cheeses, mulitgrain bread, protein bars, etc. If you have good food at your fingertips, chances are you will take better care of yourself.  And put your fruit in an attractive dish, ready to eat when that energy drain hits.
  • Try to plan the grocery store trips without the baby or after a feeding.
  •  When you do  go to the grocery store, buy yourself a special treat. A candy bar, gossip magazine, special food, something that is just a little indulgence and will make you feel good about taking care of yourself. A little self-pampering never hurt anyone!
  • If the thought of exercising sends you over the edge, just take a walk each day. It’s so important for your mind and body. Getting the baby out in the fresh air is an added plus.
  • Even though you always did your own laundry, cleaned your own house, mowed your own lawn, don’t feel guilty about hiring a professional to help those first few months… sometimes you just can’t do it all.
  • Each time the baby has a feeding, drink some water. Staying well-hydrated is so important.
  • If possible, plan your shower-time when baby is napping  If she is awake, put her in the bouncy and bring it in the bathroom. A nice hot shower will make you feel human!
  • It’s a fact of life that you are going to be up all hours of the night feeding the baby (she doesn’t know what time it is). Don’t turn on any unnecessary lights. Feed, burp and go back to bed. (no need to change her diaper unless it’s poopy).
  • While everyone is very excited about meeting your new little bundle, it’s okay to say, “No visitors today.” Wait until you are ready to handle more than just you and your baby.
  • While Grandma is as excited about the baby as your are, establish some ground rules for visiting and hanging out from the very beginning. It will help ease any hard feelings that may come up. Gently let her know that you need some time to ease into your new routine.
  • If Grandma does get hard feelings, let your husband talk to her. Sometimes children have a better way of getting mom to understand.
  •  When a friend offers to pick up your dry cleaning, go to the grocery store or do an errand, remember these words…”Thank you, you’re such a good friend.” Throw away the “Supermom Suit”. No one’s handing out prizes.
  • Sometimes a good cry is all you need. Give in to those tears. Transitioning into motherhood isn’t easy. Get out the tissue box, and let those tears flow. I promise you will feel better.

My Baby Pajamas would like to say “Thank you” to Blythe for being our Guest Blogger.

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