For me, the hardest days and nights for adjusting to a new baby are the very first ones. It was shocking with my first baby and overwhelming with the ones that followed. Here are some words of advice that you may find helpful if you are getting ready to bring home your new baby.
Enlist some help in remembering to take your pain medication! You will no longer have nurses checking on you and reminding you to take your medicine. My husband was a big help with this and I kept a notepad close to me so I could write down the times that I took my medication. I was so tired. I never would have remembered otherwise. If you are breastfeeding, I would suggest writing down your baby’s feeding times also.
Even if you are feeling better, SLEEP WHEN YOUR BABY SLEEPS! I was guilty of trying to clean up, watch tv, or try to get things done around the house after my first baby was born. As a result, when my husband’s week off of work was over, I wanted to cry. I was exhausted and my help was leaving. I learned my lesson with my other babies. Your body needs the rest to heal and function. Any housework can wait and your visitors won’t care, they are too busy admiring your new baby.
Let someone else run the errands. Even if you are completely prepared, you will need things. Diapers, more Always pads, groceries, something. Let your spouse, family or friends that offer to help, actually help you. Let someone else go to the store and stay home with your baby. Keep your newborn away from exposure to large groups of people whenever possible. Even if this means asking visitors to wait a week or so before coming over. Some people may not understand but it is YOUR baby. This is just the beginning of making decisions for him/her that others will question.
Keep up your strength by eating regular, healthy meals and snacks. It is easy to forget to eat while you are racing between doctor appointments and getting used to your new routine. When it would happen to me, I would feel light-headed and nauseous and then panic that something was wrong with me. By eating regularly, I functioned better.