Tuesday, January 31, 2012
My Advice to Mommies-to-be
Do Your Research. You have 9 months of planning for this baby so spend the time doing research and making decisions on what you feel is best for you, your baby, and your family. If you want to cloth diaper, do it. This was one thing I wanted to do for Addie and our family however Rick wasn't on board. It's one thing I wish I would have done anyway, they've come a long way since the days I was cloth diapered.
Be Open Minded. I will throw my opinion in for just a moment so do with it what you want. I'm a big advocate in breastfeeding. It's best for your baby and is helpful to you as your body returns to a somewhat normal state. I was fortunate in that Addie latched immediately after birth, my milk came in quickly, and we had great lactation consultants to help out while in the hospital. There are days those first few weeks where I didn't think we'd make it. It's not easy waking up every 3 hours to feed a hungry baby when you're completely exhausted as well. Knowing you're the only person who can feed your child which is hard when your spouse is sawing logs in the room next to you. Keep at the breastfeeding even if you feel like stopping. After the first 3-4 weeks it gets much better. Addie is still nursing and I still enjoy it.
Go With Your Gut. The best thing you can do for your own sanity is go with your gut. Be open to listening to opinions of others because occasionally someone may actually surprise you. If you feel strongly about a decision stick with it. You are your child's mother and his/her best advocate. The most amazing thing I learned while roughing it through those first three months was also the most basic. You are responsible for this child's life. While it's an amazing feeling that you have so much responsibility it is also a very scary thing. Take one day at a time and enjoy every minute.