You are a new mom and somehow you missed the day they handed out the parenting handbook. It can be overwhelming and wonderful -- all at the same time! It's a new year and time to make some resolutions for 2015.
1. Appreciate the little things...Your sweet baby is tiny now, and it may seem like diapers and feedings are endless -- but time will fly by. Before you know it, he will be walking and talking. Slow down, take it all in, and enjoy every moment. One day, you won't be the center of his universe anymore.
2. Arrange ME time...Take care of yourself. Take the time to do those things that make you feel better - whether that's exercising, getting a manicure or reading your favorite book. Make sure to plan girlfriend time as well. You will need your girlfriends' support and advice during every phase of parenthood.
3. Don't forget your hubby...But you have a new love of your life - right? Yes, but don't ignore your partner. The relationship you two have is the basis for the happiness and strength in your family. He needs to know he's still loved. Schedule date nights and don't forget to touch him. The slightest gesture will be welcomed. Make it a daily goal to kiss each other goodbye every morning and hello each evening.
4. Don't sweat the small stuff...No matter how many times you mop the floor and pick up the house, the mess will reappear. Prioritize! Take care of the important things in your life - everything else can wait. None of us are supermom!
5. Never say never...Don't be that mom that says "I will never..." or "My child will never..." Yes, your child will throw a tantrum in public, and you will try to bribe them with ice cream or candy. The funniest one we've heard - "My daughter will never wear pink!" Famous last words from the mom of princess Sophia. You never know exactly how you will raise your child, or how you will react to different situations until you actually face them.
6. Disconnect...We are all wired in nowadays, but our phones and computers are black holes of lost time. Try to make sure to unplug for a while each day and spend quality time with your little one.
7. Just say no...Whether at work or in your neighborhood, this is not the time to volunteer to take on extra responsibilities. It's ok to tell someone "No, this isn't a good time for me."
8. Remember to capture the moments...Technology has made this super easy for us as parents. Take pictures and videos often. Be sure to not leave them sitting on your phone. One suggestion, make a yearly album. Carve out some time at the end of each year to upload your photos to an online site such as Shutterfly or Snapfish. Create an album. You, and your children, will appreciate it in the years to come.
From all of us at Milk Nursingwear, we wish you a happy and healthy 2015!