First 4 Phases of Mom & Baby Life

Monday, 24 April 2017

1. Newborn: The Craziness

Your life not only changes completely but you feel like you have been thrown into another reality, space and time frame where everything is new to you and you don't even know how to walk in it.
You go from sleeping as a human being to non sleeping at all, from peeing twice an hour to peeing once a day, from having a huge belly with a baby inside to having a huge belly without a baby inside, from doing things with two hands to never have even one hand free to hold a cup of tea, from putting yourself first to putting a tiny little crying stranger first (because yes, even being your own blood you don't really know him/her yet), from being physically heavy but kind of ok to being in constant pain because of the delivery. The exhaustion, the confusion, the hormones: it's just a mess, a crazy mess.
Note: as crazy as it is, it's normal!! You are not alone and no matter how, you are doing great

2. Baby: Continuous Adjustments

Either you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding, at this point you are finally quite confident and you know what to do about that; changing nappies is sorted now and you could do it with your eyes closed, you start of kind of understanding what your baby likes and doesn't like, and your baby is more awake and more alert by the day which gives you something to enjoy, but: immunisations, teething, growth spurts, inexplicable and impossible-to-understand random crying, your baby is growing incredibly quickly and going through a lot in no time: it s like s/he is an Olympic runner and you are just an amateur trying to follow and trying to adjust your tactics to not stay too behind. It s a constant switching between achievements and satisfaction to stress and frustration.
Note: don't worry, you are not failing anything, you are just learning along with your baby, be proud!

3. Major Changes 

Baby is now smiling and discovering new abilities like being able to grab and move arms and feet, s/he is more aware of everything around, giving you much clearer signs of what s/he wants or does't like! S/he is discovering new prospective thanks to being able to hold the head up autonomously, sitting up alone and trying solid foods, maybe crawling, for sure being very curious and wanting to touch everything and put it in the mouth. Mom becomes a policewoman cleaning after a hungry curious little trouble maker, a whole new world has just started. You are still climbing but you can see a bit of the landscape and it's just beautiful!
Note: this is fun, don't worry about the mess, it's tiring but it's fun, share your baby's wonder and joy discovering the world, enjoy it!

4. Breathing Again

Baby is sleeping through the night most of the nights, has favourite foods and favourite activities and you know them, is interacting and understanding a lot, is saying some actual words, the interactions is so heart filling now, and on the other hand you feel like you are kind of back to yourself and having real fun, not as tired as before, maybe you even have a bit of time for yourself and your interests/hobbies, you are finally breathing again!!
Note: take time to appreciate how lucky you are and how far you ve gone!

Can you relate? We would love to hear your comments! 

*I did not include the length of each phase and the months they correspond to on purpose, because every baby is different! No need to compare who eats solids first, who walks first, who speak first, we all get there but at our own pace so no pressure on you nor your baby! 

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