This post isn’t my typical, humorous post. I actually had a rough week. The week before I’d been so busy and on the go and I felt so amazing. I was mastering getting Jacob out of the house and shopping with him. I’d found my super-mom cape. I was meeting new friends and having coffee and truly enjoying myself.
Monday morning I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed I guess. I didn’t want to get out of bed (so Jacob and I snuggled until around 11!!!) and I didn’t want to take a shower or go anywhere. So I didn’t. I put off my errands that needed to be done and continued to put them off. All I wanted to do was snuggle up on the couch. And I didn’t go anywhere until Wednesday. I practically had to drag myself out of the house on Wednesday.
It was Wednesday night that I realized everything must have finally caught up with me. I hadn’t had a good meal for a few days. I wasn’t really even eating. I was hardly sleeping. I was only sleeping 2-3 hours a night, even though Jacob was sleeping up to 6 hours at a time. I just couldn’t sleep. I was anxious and had way too much on my mind. In all honesty I’m pretty sure I was dealing with the baby blues that never hit me after he was born. Well it hit me smack in the face and I was not at all prepared for it. I thought I’d already moved past that stage and it really caught me by surprise.
As soon as I realized what was going on I made myself get up though. I could not handle dealing with PPD while Mr. P is away. I just couldn’t do it. And I’m really glad I did get up and get moving again.
Tips on Mastering Mommyhood:
- Be prepared for insane mood swings. I’m talking – within minutes. One minute you’ll be perfectly happy and the next you’ll be irritated beyond all belief.
- Be prepared to be sad at some point or another. Be ready to not want to get up and shower and do anything but lay in bed and cuddle with the little one.
- Be prepared to cry when things don’t go as planned.
- Be prepared to deal with some form of the “baby blues”, even if it’s more than a few weeks after the little one is born.
And when all of this happens and hits you smack dab in the forehead –
- Cry for a minute, then, wipe away the tears and get up.
- Take a shower and put on real clothes (that don’t have baby puke stains on them). Do you hair and throw on some make-up.
- Get the baby dressed.
- Get out of the house – even if it’s just a walk to the mailbox.
- Do something. Anything.
- Most importantly – connect with other Moms (even through the internet) and build friendships! You won’t regret it, I promise.
So imagine this –
You’re sitting on the couch in the late morning. Your little one is peacefully nursing, making the sweetest little sounds with his hands gracefully resting on your chest. You’re both content and soaking up the moment. All of a sudden, within the blink of an eye, the little one pulls away, arches his back and gives you that look………. yes. You guessed it. The sweet little thing decides to throw up and it’s heading directly for the couch cushion behind your arm….. In that split second right after you realize what is about to happen you have two choices (and unfortunately you can’t EVER seem to grab the closest burp cloth fast enough)…
1. Move out of the way and spend the next hour scrubbing puke off of the back of the couch (because it will inevitably stain).
2. Move into the way, take one for the team, just to save the couch (especially since you’re sitting in your husband’s spot…) and then begin praying that your shirt doesn’t smell like baby puke forever.
So what do you do??!!!?!?
I’ve realized that as a mommy, bodily functions are no longer scary. I’ve been pooped on, peed on and thrown up on a million times. And the moment I decided to save the couch over my own freshly showered body I knew I was truly a mommy.
And the craziest part – after you’re covered in what seems like gallons of baby puke, you look down at that innocent little face that still has puke dribbling out of his mouth and actually feel BAD for him. Oh how his tummy must hurt!!!! The soaking shirt and regurgitated milk dripping down your stomach doesn’t seem so gross and awful when all you can think about is the little one’s happiness and health.
This one is pretty straightforward. It really doesn’t need any further explanation….
Tips for Mastering Mommyhood
- No matter what age, boys ALWAYS enjoy stinking up under the covers.
- Whether they’re 1 month old or 60 years old it will never get old.
- It’s always be worth the laugh.
- They seem to think that giving you the innocent look and a big smile afterwards makes it completely and 100% acceptable!
Last Wednesday, Jacob and I had a rough morning that was COMPLETELY the inspiration for my new feature day – ‘Mastering Mommyhood Mondays’!!! It’s going to be full of random tidbits and pieces of advice that I’ve learned from my own (short) journey through Mommyhood.
Tips for Mastering Mommyhood:
- First of all – don’t change the baby’s diaper on your bed. Bad idea.
- Second – don’t change the baby’s diaper (especially a boy) without anything to cover him up with within arms reach – just because he hasn’t peed all over you in weeks and you think he’s not one of ‘THOSE‘ little boys.
- Third – once he’s peed all over his own head and gotten it in his hair and you realize he needs a bath, don’t leave him uncovered and without a diaper in the middle of your bed while you run around and get the bath ready.
- Fourth – don’t think that because he JUST peed that he won’t do it again. Or that he wont poop again either, for that matter. Because in the 30 seconds that you’re gone he will inevitably do BOTH – without a diaper, remember?
- Fifth and most importantly – when you’re 6 months pregnant and shopping for new bed linen don’t for a second think that its a good idea to buy a comforter that is dry clean only.