Sometimes we are so worried about organising the details and logistics of a new baby we forget to marvel at the new little life that has entered our world!
Caring for a newborn is time-consuming. There’s the constant feeding, frequent nappy changes and repeated attempts of trying to settle a wide eyed baby through the night. Colic, reflux and constant cries can make one forget the joy of having a newborn in the house.
But stop for a moment and take in the miracle that has occurred - a new life has been created!
Your baby recognizes your voice and knows your heartbeat. Don’t get frustrated if all your baby wants to do is snuggle into your chest, there is no such thing as spoiling a newborn! They are only little for so long and they yearn for their mother’s embrace. Babies know their mother’s scent and recognize their mummy’s heartbeat so if they only settle while on your chest. Embrace it, don’t fight it.
I recently had my third baby and I am cherishing each moment. I know she will be my last baby and I don’t want to take one minute for granted.
Making the most of your time with your newborn
Admire the way your baby curls their fingers around your pinky as you place your hand near theirs.
Gaze at your baby as they methodically feed whether from the breast or the bottle.
Watch as your baby’s eyelids slowly close as they fall asleep during a feed or being rocked.
Never stop kissing your baby’s cheeks and enjoy the sensation of newborn soft skin grazing across your lips.
Relish the feelings of love and happiness as grandparents and siblings get to know this new addition to the family.
The busyness of looking after a newborn and caring for other siblings in the family can take focus away from the pleasure of having a baby in the home. But don’t let the responsibility suck the joy out of having a newborn. Remember - your hands may be full, but so will your heart.