Being a first-time mom is a major adjustment. There’s a new edition to the family, and that new edition requires a lot! Below are some pointers based on my personal experiences for surviving those first few months. I hope you find them helpful.
- Just Breathe – You’re doing a great job. No mom is perfect. A newborn can be overwhelming. Not to mention, your physical recovery from birth, adjusting hormones, and sore nipples (if you’re breast feeding). When it gets crazy, take a moment and breathe. The crazy doesn’t last forever.
- Give your body some time – You just gave birth to a human being for goodness sake! Unrealistic expectations of your body will only make things worse. It will take time to feel “normal” again. Your body will be different but in a good way. Soon you will learn to adjust your routine to include your new bundle of joy. Sore nipples and a sore bum will be a thing of the past, and you will soon tap into your greatest natural resource, your mommy strength.
- Take care of yourself – I know there’s not much “me” time with a new baby, but carving out some time to rest and eat is essential. Shower/bath time is the perfect opportunity to unwind. Warm water, calming music, and fresh clothes make anyone feel brand new. Also keep healthy snacks near to munch on.
- Prepare – Most newborns eat and then go back to sleep. However, there may be a time when baby will not fall right back to sleep, and is cranky. In preparation for said time I suggest the following; go to bed a few hours before baby wakes up for the night, prepare bottles a head of time, keep all the essentials (i.e. diapers, wipes, cloth-diapers, TV remote, and cellphone) within arm’s reach. When baby wakes up you’ll be prepared for anything, well almost.
- Sleep when the baby is sleeping – As much as I hate to admit it, this statement is true. It may be the only rest you get.
- White noise – Now this tip is optional. I found it helpful with all three of my children. Dry diaper, full tummy, plus white noise equals a rested baby on cranky nights. Try it!
- Accept Help – Sometimes it’s hard to relinquish duties to others. Accept the assistance, you’ll need it.
Remember, a happy healthy mom is the best mom!
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1 NLT
What we wear, no matter how appropriate, is not the only way to display ourselves as a living and holy sacrifice to God. God wants all of us, mind, body, and soul. Although visually we are covered, physically and spiritually there maybe things hindering our complete devotion to God. While it is important to carry ourselves in a respectable manner, doing things that are detrimental to our body, physically effects our ability to share our gifts and devote ourselves to things to uplift the kingdom. What better way to worship than to embody (mentally, physically, and spiritually) the lifestyle God desires.
About two years ago, I decided I would choose a bible plan to read annually. I figured each year I may interpret things differently based on what was going on in my life. I begin highlighting scriptures that stood out to me, and now I am sharing these scriptures and my interpretation of them with you. I am by no means an expert in bible interpretation, blogging, or even writing. I am just simply sharing my thoughts. Below are the scriptures in the order I highlighted them. Feel free to comments your interpretations or thoughts of these scriptures.
Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27 NLT
Everything is centered around our relationship with God. Just like with any relationship, we strive to the be the best person we can be. Jesus gave us the example of the best us we can be. The feeling of obligation is replaced with the feeling of necessity by the desire to strengthen your relationship with God. We want to get to know God, we want to be in his presence, we want to minister, and we want to be ministered to. Knowing this, helped me to understand the Sabbath is not a day of obligation. The Sabbath is really to meet my need. My need to worship, my need to minister, and my need to replenish spiritually. It is a day of rest and focus. A day of resting in and focusing on God.