This is a wonderful way to still your mind, stay connected to your inner desires and be present in the moment. The more you practice these mindfulness actions, the more stillness and awareness you will experience, which will help as you journey through motherhood.
Co-bathing might not be your thing if you don't like having explosive baby diarrhea all up in your business. Something about that warm water tempts even the potty-trained toddler to let one loose. Be prepared, Momma.
Snuggle them and smell their sweet little baby smells. If they fall asleep in your arms, take a moment and savor it. In seven years, I have never, ever regretted any time I spent just loving on my boys. You won't, either.
First of all, having kids is going to be hard. Really, really hard. You are going to be tired. Scratch that. You are going to be exhausted. Plan on nine consecutive months of never once completing a full sleep cycle. Seriously.
It took having kids for me to understand just how challenging and intricate parenting really is. It takes an entire childhood for parents to really get educated about their role, but by then, of course, the child is grown and moves out. What a cruel joke Mother Nature plays on us!
Becoming a mother was the single most intense moment of my life thus far. And even though it has been nearly six months since I first met our son, that first moment when he went from being inside me to being his own breathing body remains just as intense as it did when it happened.
I know everything feels undone. I know being a grown-up sucks. I know your house is a mess. I know you have writer's block. I know you feel behind. I know you wish you were superwoman. I know. I know. But. You just had a baby.
A common conversation around the house regarding baby: "Have you tried X technique? It worked yesterday." "But today isn't yesterday." Seriously, just when you think you've gotten the hang of something, the pattern changes.