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I heard recently that the days are long, but the years are short. Somewhere deep in my heart, my gut ached a bit at the sound of this. The days do feel long. And the years are flying by.
I am a mom who is desperately trying to soak in every moment and trying to always remember that these seasons are passing us quickly. The long days are worth it. Night after night with no sleep is worth it. It’s worth it because we are raising tiny souls. Tiny little people who rely on us, look up to us, love us fiercely and think we hung the moon. We are trusted with the tiniest and the most fragile. We are raising little ones into warriors. Into leaders.
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” — Elizabeth Stone
Focusing on the good when those days seems long. Here are 7 simple ways to keep calm as a new mama!
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7 Simple Ways to Keep Calm as a New Mama 1 of 7
When the days are long and tiresome, I cling to these simple truths and they help me stay calm!
Watch them in their peaceful state. 2 of 7
Many nights, when everyone is asleep in the house, I slowly walk down our long hall, and only the sound of the floors creaking can be heard. I will peek in on each baby. I will watch them sleep and dream, and their tiny chests rise and fall.
Some nights I will rock Apple just a little bit longer. 3 of 7
Because I know what happens. Before we know it, the season has passed us by. And instead of focusing on the tired mornings and sleepless nights, I focus on the little one who will be oh-so-small for such a short time. I pull her close and just soak it in.
Remember what I have on a daily basis. 4 of 7
We mamas wake up early and tend to every need. We cradle our babies at night, and we whisper, and we hold them close when they are afraid of the dark shadows in the hours when the world is sleeping. We walk through the halls of our homes checking each bed, kissing each forehead ... only hearing the small squeaks from our toes as they run along the long, cold floors. We mamas. We kiss their ouchies, and we rock them to sleep with a lullaby.We teach them how to be and how to love.We show them what to live for and fight for ... we start out as the tiny voice they hear in their little minds.
Do things that inspire you or “refill” your mama tank. 5 of 7
I often paint or write late at night, light candles, put on good music. Even sometimes a night to run and grab a coffee alone is just what we need to start the next day fresh again. Put those windows down, and turn the music up loud. It's amazing what the smallest things can do.
Remember that the not-so-good times will pass. 6 of 7
Sometimes when you are in the midst of the newborn fog, it can be hard to remember that it won't always be like this. When my little Apple was born, I had three kids under 3, and those first few weeks were such an adjustment. But we got our groove — our routine — and our new normal settled in and felt just fine! It takes time, but it happens. And before we know it, we are on to a new season.
Take it one day at a time. 7 of 7
Take it one day at a time. One day, you will be there and out of the fog. Loving these tiny people is a gift that is priceless.