After you’ve just pushed out a baby, or had a major surgical procedure to get one out, you may be elated, but you can also be kinda tired, sore, hungry, thirsty, tired, sweaty, hormonal, did I mention tired?
There were so many things I wanted or needed in those early days but I didn’t have the energy or time to ask for them. Some things I just couldn’t realize I needed because I was so…overwhelmed.
There are small gestures that people can do for the new mom. These can help you get through those moments when you feel like you might not make it through another moment.
My amazingly awesome sister came to my hospital room bearing a gift bag. In it was some delicious smelling lip gloss and this super gizmo which in the absense of getting an actual head rub, really does the trick. Best bet is to have someone else (your husband, your-two-year-old) use it on you, it feels that much better. But seriously, even if you use it yourself, it feels damn good.
After the jump, there are 11 other hints you might leave for friends and family:
1.Bagels or homemade muffins that can be frozen
2. A shoulder rub. (The head massager is good, but sometimes mama needs a little more)
3. A gift certificate for a cleaning service. Having a clean house can make all the difference.
4. A lasagne. It never fails to please.
5. Really great fresh fruit. It can be hard to remember to eat healthy.
6. An iced coffee.
7. Heck, ANY food is great.
8. A load of laundry or the dishes done without having to ask.
9. Someone to watch the baby while you take a nap or a bubble bath…or a shower!
10. Some kind of cute drapey large clothing item to get you through the “I’m feeling hideous and fat” stage, also convenient for nursing.
11. Some peace and quiet. Sometimes you need someone to usher out the family and friends so that you can get some quiet alone time to get to know your newest family member.