Now that I've entered the 3rd month of parenting, I've rounded up the top 5 things I'd share with brand new moms - plus 5 must-have things that got me through the first few months!
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1) Let Go of the To-Do List
Prior to becoming a mom, I based the success of my days on the amount of things I could get accomplished. I jam-packed my schedule from early morning through late evening. I learned very quickly that my baby doesn't care about my to-do list, and I've learned what work and chore-related tasks can wait!
2) Routines are King
Cara Dumaplin from Taking Cara Babies deserves all the credit in the world! We purchased her First 5 Months Bundle, and it's made all the difference in the world! Establishing a good eat-awake-sleep model has really started to pay off! If you haven't checked her out, give her Instagram a peek!
3) Take Help When It's Offered
I didn't do this at first, and I wish that I'd accepted any and all help when it was offered from day one! Little things, like a dinner I didn't have to make, or allowing family to babysit while I got my hair or nails done allowed me to feel more normal. (And that first parents' date night out felt fantastic - even if we were home by 7 pm, LOL!)
4) Your Relationships Will Change
Everyone always talks about how your relationship with your significant other will change. And it will! This isn't always a bad thing. Seeing my husband become a dad has been one of the best experiences of my life. One thing piece of advice that I was told is that your significant other is not a mind reader. Communicating clearly is key!
5) Comparison is the Thief of Joy
We've all heard this phrase, but parenthood really highlights this! Whether it's your baby's milestones, your physical appearance, or some super-expensive baby gadget that all of the influencers are showing off...just stop! As long as you and your baby are healthy, happy, and safe - none of the rest matters! Remember that social media is a highlight reel, no one's really sleeping in those early weeks, and we're all just figuring out this parenting thing on the fly!
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