It's that time of week again, time for the link-up "Preparing for a Little One," hosted by Wifessionals and Five 27 Jones. This week is all about bringing baby home and surviving after that.
After you have your little one you know your life's changed forever but that becomes most evident when the hospital hands you discharge papers. My experience was atypical, since I went home before <A> did, however, when they okay you to leave the premises with your child you can expect the following:
- An overwhelming sense of joy and accomplishment, followed almost immediately by the thought, "what the hell am I supposed to do with him without all these people around to help?"
Preparing to take our angel home.
- Complete frustration when you realize that the simple-looking carseat is actually harder to operate than a nuclear weapon.
- The scariest car ride of your life.
- A great and overwhelming sense of relief when baby is safe within the walls of your home.
After that I can be sure that each parent's experience is different. Our first night with <A> we didn't sleep at all. We both stayed up and watched the baby monitor. I really don't think I even blinked. At one point <A> cried and I ran up the stair so quickly that I feel. When I walked in his room he was completely fine. For you first time parents, the baby will cry, and you might not know what to do, but most of the time it's nothing to panic over. Just try to relax.
Here are some tips for you first-timers:
- Sleep when you can.
- Eat when you can.
- Accept help (I need to learn this lesson more than anyone).
- Ask for help.
- Don't be too hard on yourself.
- Remember that you love your spouse or partner. Your hormones are running wild and when you go from 0 to 90 in 2.3 seconds it's easy to get upset, frustrated.... Remember, it's likely their first time at this parenting thing too.
- Swaddle your baby. Love on your baby. Enjoy every second with your baby.
- Don't forget to brush your teeth (you'd be surprised).
- Take pictures.
- Take care of yourself. This is very important since the baby is completely dependent on you and your partner.
- You will cry, it's okay, just let it out.
- Trust your instincts. If you think something's wrong with your baby, don't be afraid to call your doctor or nurse.
Just remember, there's no parenting rulebook or guide. We all do it different. Have a support system and lean on them. God has blessed with a child and he only gives us what we can handle.
And just because I can, I'm going to leave you with this little pic of <A>'s ride home from the hospital. Cute, huh?
|The scariest ride of my life|