When I had my first baby, I was in love with the idea that I would be this earth-mother mom who could handle it all. Sleep deprivation? I wasn’t worried. Infant crying spells? I’m pretty chill. Weathering the physical and emotional effects of childbirth while sleep-deprived? Not a problem!
Well, it turns out I was wrong. All of those things I just mentioned? They did take a toll, and when you factor in that I was resolute in doing it all without any help — housework, laundry and healthy meal prep included — well, I was a stressed mom and in need of some stress relief.
If you, too, find that you are trying to be SuperMom, try to realize that these days as a new mother, with a new baby, are remarkable and something to be treasured. But they can also be stressful as you adjust to your new reality — one in which all semblance of your prior life has disappeared virtually overnight and this adorable little person rules every minute of every day.