Thursday, June 28, 2012

Surviving the First 6 Week Postpartum

I'm now at two weeks postpartum, and it is tough!  I mean, the first 6 weeks after having a baby are never easy, but this one seems to be really taking it's toll on me.  Maybe it's because I'm getting older (as my husband loves to point out) or maybe it's just that there are so many other kids in the house.  My summer daycare kids are back now and I still have all my new responsibilities at home and church.  I have to admit that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed...but, that's probably just the sleep deprivation talking.

There are things we can do, though, to make this hectic time of transition a little easier to get through.  Most of them, I'm not taking full advantage of, but I'm going to - promise!!

1.  Stock the Freezer - This is one to take care of before your new bundle arrives.  Once everyone is home from the hospital, the last thing you want to think about is dinner, so having a few casseroles in the freezer can be a life-saver.  Also, consider purchasing the rotisserie chickens from the deli section.  These are great quick meals and provide enough leftovers for at least one or two extra meals in our house (provided we use them for stir-fry or soups).

2.  Accept All Forms of Help - Whether it's a meal or someone offering to come watch your children - don't turn them away!  Most people love to help new moms.  If you can afford cleaning help, now is the time to use it.  Also, think about utilizing a neighbor's or friend's older child to help entertain your other children.  This can be a huge help when you're spending most of your time attending to the new baby. 

3.  Learn to Say No - Now is not the time to volunteer for a new PTA committee or start teaching a new Sunday School class.  It can be hard if you're used to doing everything, but now is a time to cut back and focus on your new little family (or your increasingly larger family).  Just repeat after me:  "I'm sorry, now's really not a good time for me to add anything to my schedule.  I'd be happy to help out in a few months once things settle down".  Or, if it's really not something you're interested in doing, leave off that second part :)

4.  Give Yourself Some Grace - Knowing that things are going to be hard the first few weeks and accepting that fact are two different things.  It's okay if there are dishes in the sink or if the laundry piles up a little.  Right now you're most important jobs are healing and providing the basic needs for your newborn.  Everything else will come in time!

I just have to keep reminding myself that it gets easier!  When I'm up for the 4th and 5th time each night, feeding my newborn or rocking my toddler who needs some extra "Mommy time", it's certainly not my own strength that I'm drawing on.  God is still teaching me to rely on Him, to turn to Him on those mornings when I have nothing left - no energy and no patience - and know that He is sufficient.  

You say :
"It’s impossible."
God says :
“All things are possible.” (Luke 18:27) 
 
You say :
“I’m too tired.”
God says :
“I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28-30) 
 
You say :
“I can’t go on .”
God says :
“My grace is sufficient.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15) 

~an excerpt from God is Sufficient


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4 comments:

  1. He is beautiful!
    I can't believe you have day care kids now, too. You are a super woman with a super God behind her. I'm proud of you, Mama!

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    1. Thank you Amanda! The encouragement means so much :)

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  2. #5 Keep reading numbers 1-4 each day as a reminder. You are a super strong wife, women, and mother to all. It's OK if the toilet doesn't get wiped everyday or the playroom is always a wreck. You have beautiful kids that smile and know their parents (and God) love them. I hope you are giving yourself the slack you deserve right now. You are raising good human beings - in today's world that is challenging enough. When I get overwhelmed you can often find me muttering Philippians 4:13 ;-)
    ~ Renae

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    1. Thank you Renae!! That verse has been on my mind a lot in the past few days :)

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