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A few of my friends had new babies this spring, and while looking into their wide, shell-shocked eyes, I remember what it’s like to have a wriggly tiny life in your arms. Everything seems chaotic and hazy and wonderful and exhausting. Here’s what I’d tell those new mothers…
First off, the first thing I would say — which is 10,000% true — is, IT GETS EASIER.
A reader left the loveliest comment years ago: “Bless you, new moms. If you’re trying, you’re doing a great job.”
Here are a few posts that may help during the first year:
1. Here’s what no one told me about breastfeeding, including a book that saved me.
2. 10 tips for traveling with a baby, like our happiest discovery: sit apart on the plane!
3. Fresh air cures everything and somehow seems to cheer everyone up instantly.
4. Don’t forget to kiss your partner.
5. A baby food epiphany! A pear + a spoon.
6. Breastfeeding in public? You go right ahead, mama.
7. 8 questions to ask a new babysitter. Friends have sometimes lamented that they can’t leave their baby with a stranger. But this person is only a stranger until you meet them. At least in our experience, a nanny will soon feel like a beloved new member of the family.
9. Work/life balance is not easy! I struggled for years and still don’t have it totally down. But here are a few mothers’ day-to-day stories.
10. How to keep up your marriage after kids. (Loved the comments.)