You never really understand motherhood- until it’s your turn in the delivery room. A Few of my friends are now new moms with beautiful babies and while I can see ecstasy in their eyes, I can also sense chaos and exhaustion. I am no new mom-expert but my motherhood journey was quite smooth. That is only because of two reasons – a) I didn’t fell in “Mom Trap”; b) I got immense support from my husband. But I want to tell you one eternal truth of motherhood – “LIFE GETS EASIER WITH TIME”. And if you are trying, you are doing a good job.
I am not an alien. I have also given up many things since I became mom: enormous amount of hair, solo trips to the restroom and lean body. But there is one thing I refused to part ways with – glamour. Which is why I made a conscious effort to shun all suggestions that were directed towards me, my body and my baby. Whenever I wake up in the morning, no matter how messy I look, my girl just see my smiling face and say “Mumma, you are boootiful!” and that’s it – I am a glam mom. Yesterday, she sat on my tummy and said “Mumma has a biggggggg tummy” (All Thanks to Peppa Pig). The way she said it, it sounded like the best compliment I have ever got. But that doesn’t mean I will take it as a compliment from anyone else. (Wink)
That said, one of my friend, who is a new mom, asked me to tell my mom mantras. You will find my motherhood mantras in the images and here are 7 Resource guide for New Mom and Mom-to-Be that made my life as a mom easier.
1-Baby Center communities :Although Baby center is pretty mainstream, I loved the mom communities. There are birth clubs where you can interact with other moms and get advice/support on pregnancy and parenting.
2- Kelly mom: Love…Love…Love Kelly mom! It is the best place to get evidence based information on breastfeeding and parenting. Whenever I used to get baffled or overwhelmed with certain situations, this website was the best place to get the answers.
3- Ask Dr.Sears: Always consult your doctor! Yes, but there are times when you don’t know when to hit the emergency or when to wait and see your doctor. Ask Dr. Sears has helped me a lot when it comes to these situations.
“He serves as a health consultant for magazines, TV, radio and other media, and his AskDrSears.com website is one of the most popular health and parenting sites. Dr. Sears has appeared on over 100 television programs, including 20/20, Good Morning America, Oprah, Today, The View, and Dr. Phil, and was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in May 2012. He is noted for his science-made-simple-and-fun approach to family health.”
4-The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Sleep Longer by Dr. Harvey Karp. I was lucky enough to read this book in my third trimester and I highly recommend this book, if you wish to have some relief from sleepless nights. I hate self-help or parenting books but this one was like a medicine that you should take no matter what. And Boy! This book saved my life. I have used 5S approach so many times to calm my lil chubby.
5- What to expect.com: It is a perfect place to get the insight, answers, and reassurance of baby’s first year, milestones by age and common development issues. It all started with a book “What to expect when you are expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and in 2012, she expanded it to online brand. Need some mom makeover tips, then click here.
6- Parenting.com: Another one of my favorite parenting website with lots of practical parenting tips for new moms and moms-to-be. There are age appropriate games and various tools that can help you to bond with your new baby.
7-Annabel Karmel: In an ideal world, our children would happily accept nutritious diet. But this isn’t easy! As feeding your child goes through lots of trials and rejections. And if you are not fully equipped with healthy recipes appropriate for all ages and stages of development, you might get stressed. I bought Annabel Karmel’s “New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner” and it completely changed my life.
And one of the most important Motherhood mantra is:
And, for me, the whole world changed when my lil chubby started telling me her cute stories.
What would you add in the list? Let me know in the comment below.
Lots of love to you, New Mom. Sending huge hugs.