What I Wish I’d Known During My 1st Month of Motherhood

It’s hard to believe that next month is already my son Greyson’s second birthday! In the midst of planning his party, I found myself reminiscing about those first few weeks after I brought him home. Sleepless nights; tireless feedings; moments of abounding joy— being a new mom of an infant can be overwhelming. Now that I’ve gone through it, I wanted to share some of the things I wish I knew sooner.3473 Saje Photography Newborn 12Newborn eating habits can be somewhat erratic. My son cluster breastfeed some days and was fussy others and I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. After talking to other moms, I realized this experience was common.

Schedules take time to develop. With Grey, even after about five months, I found myself still frantically taking notes of his nap and feeding times, searching for a pattern. Nada. Even worse, I remember hearing my other mom friends touting how their newborn slept for six straight hours at six weeks. I realize now, they are not the norm!

Accept help. I was fortunate enough to have offers from friends and family willing to lend a hand. Most of the time though, I didn’t take them up on it. Big mistake. So many of us feel like we have to do it ALL ourselves but taking a little time for you is more than OK.

Not every baby likes to be worn. I swore the key to surviving that first month was wearing my son. I bought not one but three different kinds of carriers. He hated them all. Don’t assume because you want to be a baby-wearing mom your newborn does, too.

Get outdoors. I can’t tell you how great it felt to get outdoors even for a few minutes during the day. It helped my mood and was a refreshing break from my daily new-mom routine. Those of you expecting in the next few months should take a few moments every day to soak up the sun and nice weather!

Take photos of yourself with your baby. I have tons of delicious photos of him as an infant but hardly any of us together those first few weeks. Now I regret not capturing those moments, bags under my eyes and all. Don’t worry about being picture perfect; that is what filters are for!

I’d love to hear any lessons you learned during your first month of motherhood! And if it’s your first, I hope these tips come in handy!–Olivia

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Look Who’s Laughing!

What better sound exists than a baby’s laugh? Add two of them laughing together and it’s another level of adorable! YouTube user, It’s Judy’s Life, shared this heartwarming video of her daughter interacting with another baby friend. We can’t help but smile at these two and we know you will too!

Not Your Average Lullabies

Music for Baby

No matter your age or genre preference, music speaks to all, even the tiniest of listeners! It truly is the universal language.

We searched high and low, and found a great selection of music created especially for babies. From lullaby versions of old-time classics to lullaby renditions of Madonna and The Beatles, there is something to please every little ear.

Here are some of our favorites to enjoy:

  1. Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles
  2. Bill Weisbach – Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart
  3.  Hushabye Baby! Lullably Renditions of Carrie Underwood
  4. Jammy Jams – Once Upon a Rhyme: Lullaby Renditions of Hip-Hop Classics
  5. Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project
  6. The Baby Loves Jazz Band – Baby Loves Jazz: Go Baby Go!
  7. Rainforest Music: Nature’s Lullabies & More
  8. Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Madonna
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