Going from not being a mom to being a mom is one of the biggest transitions you will ever make. Even though you have 9 months to prepare, in a moment you go from only being responsible for yourself to suddenly caring for a tiny human who is solely dependent on you!
Being a new mom is often equal parts wonderful and terrifying.
Des Moines Moms Blog is here to support and encourage you in your journey of motherhood. Here are some of our best tips and tricks, honest thoughts, and encouragement for new moms that will hopefully ease your transition into motherhood. You’re not alone!
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You will get through this. Life will not always be this hard. You will sleep longer than two hours at a time. Your life will have margin again. You will not be ruled by sleep schedules until your dying day. You will be okay.
Learning to be a mom (not just how to mother) – to live for someone other than myself – to exist for someone else’s existence – was the toughest transition of my life.
I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding… I am not anti-bottle feeding. I am actually PRO making the decision that is right for you and your baby.
I want to encourage those who plan to breastfeed to stick with it and offer some tips that helped me!
Little did I know that something that “should” be so natural does not always come naturally. Here’s the simple truth: breastfeeding is a lot of work.
Here is my advice about breast feeding for new and expecting mommas.
The return to work after maternity leave.
I’m on my third time through the transition and have had a chance to think more about what it might be helpful to know on your first go round.
I vividly remember the first months of motherhood being so lonely for me. My son was born in late December, my husband wasn’t able to take any time off work, and I had no idea what I was doing as a new mother.
Looking back, I can laugh about my worry. But if you are currently experiencing or you have experienced postpartum anxiety, you know it’s no joke. You know that in the moment, you’ll do anything for a little reassurance and guidance to ease your worries.
Congratulations! You’re a parent! You’ve had a safe delivery, learned to feed your new arrival, installed the car seat (no small feat), and made it home safely from the hospital. Now what?