Dear Mom of a Newborn,
It gets easier.
You’re sitting there, feeling pain in places you didn’t know you even had, holding this tiny being that completely depends on you, and you’re wondering. Wondering what life will look like now. Wondering how you’re going to balance it all. Wondering if you’ll ever get to take a shower that lasts longer than 2 minutes again.
Mama. I get it.
And you know what?
You’ll figure it out.
As my second baby is now ending his newborn phase I experienced all these thoughts for the second time around.
“How will I get anything done with two to care for?”
“Will my house always look like a tornado just came through?”
“Will I ever get to take a shower for more than 2 minutes again?!”
“And where is child #1?”
However, from the haze of the first few weeks, months, I have emerged. And you know what?
It got easier.
We have good days. We have bad days. But we’re figuring out our new rhythm.
Because that’s life. It gets hard. Then it gets easier. Then it’s hard and easy at the same time. It’s up and down and all over the place. But there is nothing that life can throw at you that you can’t take.
So we adjust.
We finally figure out how to nurse the baby with only one hand.
We learn to get the basics done as soon as we lay the baby down for a nap. Because who knows if we have 2 minutes or 2 hours.
We corral the older sibling in a nearby area so we can keep an eye on him.
We celebrate the small things – getting through the grocery store in one piece, sleeping in ever increasing increments, finally getting to take that shower.
So, as you sit there and cradle that tiny little one, please know. You got this. You will have days when it doesn’t seem that way. And on those days you’ll need to lean hard into the strength of the Savior. Kiss those sweet baby toes and pray a prayer to just get through another day.
Then. One day you’ll wake up and realize. You’ve found your new normal.
You’ve got this Mama.