The day I became a mother for the first time was one of the craziest and most joyful days of my life. I will never forget the moment I first saw my daughter. I also never realized the bond we would share…it’s fantastic. The days following her birth weren’t too bad. I did everything by the book and treated her like she was more fragile than a china doll. 😉
Though motherhood may seem simple to us, it is actually a highly complex concept. Motherhood is defined by how a mother reacts to circumstances that arise after her kid. Every mother has a journey towards perfection, and every mother can learn from her experiences. This is the reason I considered sharing mine, which I believe is worthwhile.
I’ve never been a girl who dresses up for formal occasions. I like roaming, taking impromptu trips, sleeping at weird times, Blah Blah. And my only routine is no routine at all. But as soon as I became a mother to a sweet little angel, my life changed. However, I don’t have any complaints because becoming a mother is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and my routines are now set. For me, parenting is primarily about constantly learning new things. Your baby doesn’t come with instructions on “how to hold her, how to feed her, how to make her sleep, or how to calm her down while she’s crying” when you become a mother. And as a woman enters the stage of motherhood, she automatically learns these lessons.
In these 6months of motherhood, I faced numerous challenges. I had no idea how rough the recovery would be and was totally unprepared. I could barely get out of bed when I was in the hospital and best thing to do is try to get out, and walk! On day 10 I finally felt bit normal.
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As new parents, you must also learn to adapt to each other in addition to the new baby. After all, having a baby changes everything. If you are also a new parent as well, keep reading to learn about the top challenges you could experience.
1. Adjusting To Change – In many ways, having a baby is similar to moving to a new place. The joy of parenthood is accompanied by the seemingly constant adjustments you must make to your way of life and mindset. In addition to caring for themselves, new mothers have learn how to balance the responsibilities of nursing and nurturing their baby. New Fathers need to learn when and how to offer help. Although most parents eventually learn to adjust to the new scenario, it does take both partners some time to adjust to the different situations.
2. Lack Of Sleep And Exhaustion – Taking care of an infant is extremely demanding. You must take care of the baby’s needs whether it is day or night, including soothing, feeding, changing diapers, putting the baby to sleep and so on. In addition to this you might also need to take care of some household chores . As a result you can have exhaustion and lack of sleep. And therefore, get all the help you can. Take it one day at a time and don’t worry about the mess in the house.
3. Baby Refuses To Eat – Your baby has a mind of her own even though she depends on you for everything and will be asleep for the most of the time. She can also sometimes make you feel scared and nervous by her attitude, for instance by refusing to eat. Try again later rather than stressing over this behaviour. It’s likely that she will eat eagerly and all of your concerns will be resolved. Eight to 12 daily feedings and a few spoiled nappies are signs that your baby’s nutrition is being taken care of well.
4. Missing Togetherness – A new mother’s focus is on the infant during the first few months following birth, while the father will go to work and have a life away from the house. This can sometimes cause a lot of frustration and lead to arguments, along with other reasons like lack of sleep and exhaustion. So, make an effort to take regular breaks from parenting and spend time together! Moreover, keep in mind that this is only a phase and that your baby won’t be glued to your lap forever.
5. Less Active Social Life – With the birth of their child, couples with an active social life will notice that life has significantly slowed down. It might be challenging to find time to get out with friends, attend events, or see a play together. Even when someone calls you or comes to see you, your child’s loud cries may force you to end the conversation and rush to her side. Instead of being irritated, you should realise that now is the time to focus on the health of both you and your baby. As your baby grows up, you will be able to do the majority of what you were doing previously.
6. Body Image Issues – Your body deserves relaxation and care after going through the rigours of pregnancy and childbirth. Thus, don’t be ashamed of your current appearance and hold off on trying to get back to your prior levels of fitness. Gynaecologists advise women who had a normal birth to wait at least two months before starting an exercise routine again. One should wait five to six months after a C-section before starting an exercise routine.
7. Going Back To Work – Leaving behind your newborn who depends on you for everything to return to work may not be an easy decision to make, whether it’s a part-time job, a 9 to 5 job, or something else else. Leaving behind your newborn who depends on you for everything to return to work may not be an easy decision to make, whether it’s a Work from Home job, a 9 to 5 job, or something else. Your baby will, however, feel as safe with a good caretaker as she will with you. But, before you appoint someone to take care of your baby, make sure that you do a thorough background check.
8. Conflicting Piece Of Advice – Almost every family member is eager to offer advise since they feel responsible for the well-being of the newborn. This can probably put you in a challenging situation, especially if two different members give you conflicting pieces of advise. Always remember that it is a good idea to first discuss any such decision with your child’s pediatrician. Almost every family member is eager to offer advise since they feel responsible for the well-being of the newborn. This can probably put you in a challenging situation, especially if two different members give you conflicting pieces of advise. Always remember that it is a good idea to first discuss any such decision with your child’s pediatrician.
If I had to summarize, motherhood is like an umbrella that protects your baby from these minor hiccups. And I am happy that I tried my best to learn and be a good mother for my child. It’s incredible how motherhood changes our lives by 360 degree. Hence, be ready for changes to your relationships as well as your new daily routine. Apart from that, keep in mind how crucial it is for everyone to support one another. Furthermore, this will have a beneficial effect on your growing baby. From my morning to night, my daughter sets my schedule. And yes that’s #motherhood.
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