Hi!! I’m Michelle, from Books ‘N Shoes! I’ve been reading Kami’s blog for about a year now, and am so excited to have been following her pregnancy journey! I can’t wait to see pictures of her ‘bug’!
I thought I’d compile a few tips that I wish I had at my fingertips when I brought home my beautiful boy, Marco (almost 1 year ago, OMG)!
If I had, my husband and I could have spared ourselves a bit of frustration.
1.As odd as it sounds, I would NOT recommend having anyone other than your partner at home with you that first night. My mother stayed with us, and I completely regret it. I was so worried that she wasn’t getting sleep, that it made the middle of the night screaming that much worse for us. If it’s uncomfortable having a person there any other time of the year, it’s going to be even less so now. Later on, when you need a break, definitely ask a friend or family member to stay for a night or two.
However – if you REALLY want someone else there, by all means – do so. But, feel free to ask them to leave if you get too stressed by their presence.
2.Order pizza or Chinese food for dinner. Seriously, get delivery and ENJOY IT. Hospital food, no matter where you are, is not delicious. Passable, yes. Edible, yes. Tasty? No. NOM THAT DELICIOUS FOOD!!
3.Snag everything from the hospital that was even remotely awesome. Pads, water bottles, pain relief spray, diapers, wipes, those weird mesh-y underwear (LIFESAVERS!)...anything not nailed down or plugged in. You will not want to go out for errands the first few days, and it can definitely be awkward to send your husband out to get you pads. Just sayin’, even after birth, there are limits to an embarrassment that I am willing to put Tim through.
4.Remember that your baby is going to be freaked out, and if he or she cries in the middle of the night, it’s not a reflection on you! The whole sleeping-through-the-night thing is not going to get hammered out for a while (likely, 3 months old). You and the baby WILL get through this!!
5.Leave the baby books on the shelf. Save yourself the agony of frantically flipping through pages at 2am like a mad woman, trying to figure out how to get baby to go to sleep.
6.I can’t forget to mention the wonders of the swaddle. Learn it, live it, love it. Swaddles keep baby SO comfy and warm.
Unwrapping Marco from his swaddle after the first nap at home!
Above all, make sure to relax, rest, and give lots of kisses to your little one! Leave Kami lots of good wishes, and your own tips for the first night! What helped YOU?
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