I’m feeling quite nostalgic this time of the year, reminiscing about how tiny my baby was last Christmas. Its an oft repeated cliche, but it really knocks you off your feet, how fast they grow!
My son was just 6 weeks old last Christmas. I was sleep deprived, emotional, moody and angry at the world. Breastfeeding was still a nightmare. I felt alone, isolated and the only thing that really helped to get me out of that funk, was reading blog posts online. So, I thought I’d pay forward the favour to the world, and write this in hope that a new mother out there somewhere will read it.
5 ways to manage Christmas with a newborn
1.Keep your expectations low:
Your newborn most likely will not sit through the entire Christmas church service, Christmas party or similar event. Make peace with that. Consider each minute you get as a bonus, and you won’t be disappointed.
2. Keep your Christmas spirit high:
Contradiction to the previous tip, right? Well, your baby maybe too small to understand what the hullabaloo is about, but that doesn’t mean you need to dial it down. If you have the energy for it, go all out and deck up the house just as you always do. One advantage is that the newborn isn’t mobile enough to go pull down everything from your tree.
3. Buy a special christmas outfit for your baby:
Your newborn will definitely not remember their first Christmas, but you definitely will. Infact, you and your family will think back over for years to come. So, pick out a nice Christmassy outfit your little one and take enough photos to kill your phone memory. You won’t regret it. .
I assure you, you will view these a hundred times and gasp “Oh my gosh, remember how tiny he was for his first Christmas?’
4. Be prepared to feed:
If you’re going out to church, or to an event, carry a nursing cover or bring bottles and formula. I know it sounds like such a no-brainer, but, we do tend to forget the big things when we are in a rush. Christmas can be a high-stress situation. Even if you think you will get back home quickly, still, carry your baby’s food. You never know how or where you may get delayed.
5. Enjoy your Christmas:
Don’t take a lot of stress or anxiety to cook, decorate or clean on Christmas day. Try to split out your work over the previous week or (my personal favourite) don’t cook at all! Enjoy and cherish the moments you spend with your partner, new baby and family instead of sweating in the kitchen. Trust me, you won’t look back on life thinking, darn, I wish I’d made a better pot roast that Christmas back in 2017.
However, you will remember how your baby’s eyes lit up when she heard Christmas carols or the people who met her for the very first time at church or at home. Be present, live in the moment.
I wish all of you reading this post, a very Merry Christmas. To those who are praying for a little one to come into their lives, I’m crossing my fingers and toes that 2018 will be the year for you! ❤
Till next time.