Give Yourself Two Weeks Notice
What to do after coming home with the baby
by Lynne Tapper
Okay, so you just had your baby (or babies). The hospital is in the rear view mirror. The baby seat has been successfully
installed. Now what? You are about to head out on the grand
marathon that is parenthood, but how should you leave the starting line for
that first mile? Should you sprint out
of the gates and shout, ďlook at me, Iím Super Mom!Ē or should you pretend that
you are a Kenyan marathon expert and set a nice steady pace? Itís all up to you, but here are a few
thoughts on what to do with the first two weeks when you get home.
when your baby sleeps.
This is really, really hard. As soon as you get home, youíll starting
thinking about things to do. Mail out the
birth announcements, cooking, opening presents, writing thank you notes,
returning phone calls and emails.
Whew! You might want your baby to
sleep longer so you can get more accomplished.
Hereís a quick dose of reality. You are so excited and think you have all of
this energy, but really you are a sleep deprived person filled with
adrenaline. The best thing you can do is
SLEEP WHEN YOUR BABY SLEEPS. This bears
repeating. SLEEP WHEN YOUR BABY SLEEPS. You donít want to miss out on anything or fall
behind on some tasks, but remember, itís a marathon and not a sprint. Donít try to return those phone calls or
emails, donít worry about getting those thank you notes written. The world will be waiting for you when you
are ready, and youíll find that you havenít missed much. Take your time, be with your baby.
For those of you who like to exercise an added word
of advice. Be sure to check with your
doctor before doing any major exercise.
You really shouldnít exercise for 4 weeks (and it might be about 8 weeks
if you have a c-section). If youíre
thinking about when youíre going to workout next, youíre not thinking about
other important baby-related things or simply resting and recovering. So just let that go, for at least 4 weeks. You will get your body back, you will fit into
your pre-pregnancy jeans if you work out and eat well, but you donít have to do
all that in the first few months. Itís
not a contest. Take the time to bond
with your baby and get used to your new life.
Let it go. The roads, the gym and
the pool will all be there when you are ready.
Run on an Empty Tank
However you choose to do it, make sure that you
have healthy food in your home, ready to heat.
If you friends or family members stocked your freezer, thatís
great. You can easily lose track of what
and when you last ate and suddenly youíll be famished, so youíll grab for
anything nearby. Grabbing something in
haste will most likely not be very healthy, satisfying or give you the energy
you need. Sure, it will make you feel
good for a bit, and then youíll crash from the sugar high and youíll be
Think about the Sink
Unless you love loading and unloading your
dishwasher, if you even have a dishwasher, consider using paper goods during
the first few weeks. Not having to rinse
things out in the sink can save you much-needed time. Itís not the most environmentally thoughtful
advice, but itís short-term. Having
healthy food that can be prepared and cleaned up quickly enables enable you to
be both efficient and energetic
a little organization and preparation can go a long way in helping any new
parent feel more in control, more successful and, in the end, a little more
Lynne Tapper is the owner of Seize
The Daze in Connecticut,
a professional organizing business that helps individuals and businesses. She is the co-author of baby daze, the ultimate
toolbook to achieve successful parenting through organization. She is a member of NAPO, the National Association of
Professional Organizers, as well as the local Connecticut
and New York NAPO
chapters. Lynne lives in Connecticut with her
husband and two children.
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