No, we’re not talking about gossipy story lines you’d see on old episodes of Desperate Housewives. We’re talking about the know-how they have for staying organized, keeping connected and just plain staying sane, writes Elena Donovan Mauer of thebump.com in Wednesday’s Family section, who queried stay-at-home moms for their best advice for new mothers who find themselves at home, but not alone.
Their first advice is to go with the flow in the beginning. You might consider yourself type-A but when you’re home with a brand-new baby, give up everything you knew about structure and control. “When you have a newborn, there is no organizing your day. You sleep, feed, cuddle, change and repeat,” maggiesmom says. For some women, that means a lot of letting go — it’s tricky at first, but just remind yourself that this is temporary.
“I used to get bored when my daughter slept to the point that I’d go in and wake her up from her nap just so I would have something to do and I missed her,” TrishTex42 says. Don’t do that! Instead, just take the day minute by minute — enjoy a little nap of your own or call a friend to reconnect — this time period is short-lived. “Now that she’s a walker, when she naps I collapse onto the couch and dare anyone to speak to me,” TrishTex42 says.
Find more of their advice in Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.