By Mother Rising
“Have low expectations for yourself. When my daughter arrived on Thanksgiving, I tried to fulfill my holiday bucket list – things to do, baking, buying gifts, etc., instead of just chilling with my newborn. Enjoy the season and your new baby! Next year when you have a one year old, the holiday festivities will be more fun!”
For a baby 12 months and under, put effort into the wrapping.
If you know you’ll have a baby during the holiday season, anything you can do ahead of time to prepare in advance will serve you well.
This isn’t the year to cook things from scratch.
I try to remember that family isn’t trying to be cruel or demanding they just want to help because being a new mother, or even just adding a new addition can be so overwhelming. I try to just take their advice and say “I think we are ok right now but I’ll remember that for if we need it”.
I think it’s important for new parents to expect to feel isolation (and other tough emotions) at some point during the holidays.
I hope that through Mother Rising you will have a healthy pregnancy, a natural birth, and a happy postpartum.