This is our second post in our new series where we feature different BabyLove families and get their thoughts on becoming new parents. Today, we hear what Beth thinks about becoming a mother.
So far, what has been your biggest joy in becoming a mother?
My biggest joy has been watching us evolve from a couple with a newborn to a family in just a few short weeks. It’s incredible how much more love such a small person has brought into our lives.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced since your baby was born?
I have struggled with finding guilt-free time for myself. Whether it’s taking a nap or running out to the store, I tend to end up feeling badly that I’ve left Elaine with someone else, even though I know it’s good for both of us. Along the same lines, I recently went back to work after 12 weeks of maternity leave. It’s hard to think of all the things I’m missing during the day and whenever she has a rough day at grandma’s I can’t help but feel a little guilty.
Where and how have you found support for yourself when you’ve needed it?
Both our families have been wonderfully supportive from the start. It has also helped me to have a few co-workers with just slightly older babies to talk to. And of course BabyLove’s Mama Cafe has been a wonderful place to connect with other moms and get questions answered.
Did you feel that your childbirth classes prepared you for birth? How so?
I did a lot of my own research about childbirth and coping methods, but I did feel like having all of the information presented in a coherent way was helpful to understanding the birth process and how to incorporate comfort measures into it.
What is one thing you think all parents should know before the birth of their baby?
No matter how your birth goes- whether it’s exactly as planned or completely different- once you have your baby in your arms it probably won’t matter. If you do find yourself needing to make peace with your experience though, there are lots of resources out there and you shouldn’t be afraid to find the support you need!