This week's topic is all about the week after delivery! My best piece of advice? Well, two pieces really...Number one: Have a really great mother-in-law. Honestly, my mother-in-law was the BEST for the week after we came home from the hospital with Aaron. She basically came home from the hospital with us and took care of our every need. If you need an example of how you should serve a postpartum household, she could teach you all you need to know. She selflessly served our family in the best of ways...practically. She did laundry, took out trash, fed us, played with Moses and then would disappear into her room for a while to give us time to just "be." She gave us the perfect amount of help and family time. We were so sad to see her go away. It was wonderful and something that we are still so grateful for to this day. Number two: Be part of a really great church or women's group. Obviously don't join one just for that, but because of those two things, we had meals to last us a MONTH. A month of no cooking, no planning meals and nearly no shopping. It was a huge blessing. If you know someone who just had a baby, a meal is huge. Pack it in throw-away containers. Include dessert. Trying to regain balance in a new life with a baby is tricky, and having one fewer crucial thing to think about is big. I was so thankful to our church family and my MOPS group for the countless meals they provided. These two things were the biggest factors contributing to our successful transition to a family of four. I'm convinced that if either of these were missing, there would have been serious struggles. While I don't think that this is something you can create non-organically, I do think you can be an example of this in your own circle by selflessly serving a new mom in ways that she might not ask you, and bring her a meal, too! These two things made the weeks after having Aaron great weeks, mostly stress free and definitely more enjoyable!
What is your best advice for surviving the week after baby?
Be sure to check out my first post on this series HERE!!
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