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Becoming a mom starts far earlier than the moment the baby is finally laid in your arms. For many women, they become a mom the first time they open a baby book, deny themselves a cup of coffee, or take that first prenatal vitamin. For others, it starts even earlier; charting ovulation, changing a diet, filling out adoption paperwork, dreaming of small socks and sticky handprints. There are millions of blog posts and message boards, Pinterest pins and articles all intending to give advice to new moms.

You don’t need any of that, because I have the only piece of advice you’ll need:

There is a light at the end of the tunnel at five weeks.

In the first weeks of a newborn’s life, and in the first weeks of your life as a new mom, there will be a thousand thrills and joys, but do not be mistaken, it is also crazytown. You will not sleep for more than two hours. Breastfeeding will not work how you pictured it would. Everything you own will be covered in a fine layer of milk, spit-up, pee, and poop. You might just cry. A lot.

But hang in there! Because hours will turn into days, days will turn into weeks. Five weeks rolls around, and suddenly “witch hazel” ceases to be part of your daily vocabulary. The baby will keep her eyes open and really see you for the first time. Right around five weeks you will leave the house at the time you intended.

Of course, things will still go wrong (babies are always changing after all). The trick is to give yourself permission to mess up, feel overwhelmed, and make mistakes, knowing that a day is coming when this truly will start to feel like you’ve been doing it your entire life.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR A PARENT WITH A NEWBORN?

September 5, 2014

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