Every so often since I became a mother I wish I had a time machine so I could go back in time and live life free and easy again, just for a minute. It’s on the days that are filled with watermelon stains on the brand new upholstered bar stools and bubble mixture pooling on the living room carpet. Those days where the time out flag has been waved far too regularly, where the whining continues even after what feels like a hundred reminders about the use of a nice voice. Sometimes motherhood leaves me flopping around on the shore of life, gasping for air. And then…
So I’ve been at this blogging thing for a short while now (although I’m not exactly on top of it at the moment with a new baby in the house-go figure), and I’m still trying to find my footing. What exactly is my niche? What do I feel truly compelled to write about? Just what IS my purpose for writing? Who is my audience and do I even feel ready to open myself up to this level of sharing?
Boy, oh, boy! Nothing can prepare you for those first weeks with a newborn! Even though this is NOT my first rodeo, the dynamics have totally changed this go-round having a toddler at home. Sleepless night after sleepless night, survival is most definitely the name of the game. The first eight weeks with a new baby are definitely the hardest in my mind. Here are some tips on how to make it through this beautiful, but exhausting, time!
Finally, I find some time for a blog post! Let’s just say that caring for a newborn doesn’t leave much time for anything else, and truthfully I haven’t wanted to do much more than snuggle with baby girl while focusing as much as possible on our firstborn as she adjusts to life with a sibling.
If you had a chance to read my previous post about our toddler’s bedroom, you may remember that my sweet little girl had developed a habit of sleeping in her Ikea Circus Tent instead of her bed. We’ve made many a joke about how she’ll probably turn into a forty-year-old, unmarried woman who still sleeps in a tent on her floor. But, really, as long as she has been sleeping through the night we haven’t been too concerned about location!