Happy Monday, everyone! I know the words “happy” and “Monday” may not always be used in the same sentence, but I actually enjoy Mondays. There’s just something about getting back into a routine after the weekend that I kind of like… anyone else like that?
Anyway, today I am talking to new moms in my “Monday Musings” series. The one who may have a brand new baby at home, or maybe the mom who’s just a few weeks or months into being a mother. (If you are a mother of greater experience, feel free to keep on reading, anyway!)
So mom, you may be reading this in your pajamas, hair in a mess, day old make up on your face (if you were able to put any on at all,) while holding your sleeping little one because you know if you lay him down he’s going to wake up two seconds later. All the while you have a couple of loads of laundry to do and a pile of dishes in your sink, not to mention the fact that you have no idea what dinner is going to be and you’re going to need to come up with something before 6:00 PM.
Let’s press the pause button! Sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate! You might be feeling totally overwhelmed and wondering how you’re ever going to get any housework/cooking done again, or even look halfway presentable. But guess what… you will. You just have to keep going. You won’t always be in your pajamas in the middle of the day, you’ll eventually be able to cook dinner at the regular time, and you may even get a little more sleep at night! So let me encourage you to keep on chugging along (of course you would, anyway) and know that it does get a little easier. The next phase comes with a new set of challenges, but the longer you’re a mom, the more you’ll learn. I am only a few years into this, so I am learning right along with you, but I can tell you that there is nothing I would rather be than a wife and mother, even with its challenges and nights of broken sleep. God gave me this life, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
So while it does get easier in some ways, harder in others, the longer you go on, please, please, don’t wish away these special days with your precious little one because you are so concerned about things getting back to “normal.” I know that’s hard to do. I like for things to be tidy and in order in my home, and I’m certainly not telling you to just throw order out the window, but your standards may have to be tweaked a bit during those first few weeks or months of baby’s life. They will go by all too quickly. Enjoy those moments holding your sleepy little one, and try not to get too uptight about the rest… that will fall into place later.
What about you? Do any of you mothers have a few words of wisdom to share? Let me know in the comments section below!