Dear Baby Boy,
You were born at 11:42am on a bright and cold Saturday morning in December. You entered the world with a full head of hair and a healthy 7lbs and 2oz. On that morning, you made me a mother.
And with a blink of an eye, you are already 11wks old and I am getting ready (but realize I will never be ready) to return to work in a little less than two weeks. This morning you were able to lift your head for a couple of seconds during tummy time, this afternoon you refused your nap so we read a book instead, and this evening your grandma and I gave you a bath. I cherish these moments and feel a knot in my throat thinking about missing a second of it.
Before you were born, I asked as many mothers (and fathers) around me for their top tip for a new mom. The one I am calling on now was given to me by a co-worker, friend, and mother of two boys. She said, remember to enjoy it.
Top Tips from Mommies (and Daddies) to Mommies
Listed in no particular order. Take what you need.
- Get on a schedule
- Mommy sleeps when baby sleeps
- You don’t need any tips. You are the mom. You will know best
- Do NOT read any books
- A frozen bagel to soothe a teething mouth
- Let others help
- You always need more wipes
I have not followed all of these. A schedule right now? Pfft. I have tried and failed. You have reminded me that you are the boss, at least for right now. You want me to babble with you a little more, wave a rattle for a little longer, and hold you a little tighter.
And me? Before I return to work and before we both learn yet another new normal…
I will remind myself to enjoy every second of it.
P.S. Please share your top mommy and daddy tips below in the comments. Ethan and I would appreciate it.