Aromatherapy, when I first heard the phrase, holding a newborn on my lap, sounded like something that people who had time to brush their teeth should worry about, not me. The only “therapy” I thought I needed then was a solid night’s sleep (or at least four hours…is that too much to ask??), not some fancy little bottles I didn’t have time to learn how to use! But a been-there-done-that mom convinced me to give aromatherapy oils a whirl (or a whiff) and let me tell you—our sense of smell is much more powerful than we tend to give it credit for! I can honestly credit my nose for becoming a much more mellow mommy. So before you turn your nose up at essential oils, let me tell you why the right scents are indeed exactly what you need right now—for you and your baby.
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New moms, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ll be the one to break the news: your husband is not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to caring for babies. A Baby Whisperer he is not. He can’t calm the cries as quickly; his swaddling skills are sub-par; he fastens diapers as if he’s not sure what part of the body they are supposed to be protecting. But I’m here to tell you something that might sound absolutely insane to you:
Who doesn’t love a mani-pedi every now and then, or maybe even a facial or massage? Once you become a mom, though, expensive spa sessions often become a distant memory. Who has time for “me” time when what you really need is to catch up on sleep! And even if you’re one of the few, enviably well-rested mamas out there, you might not have so much disposable income to spend on these kinds of indulgences, what with diapers, baby food and college savings account contributions draining your funds.
My first Valentine’s Day as a new mom wasn’t exactly romantic—and not through lack of trying. We made reservations at a chic little bistro that wasn’t kid-friendly, I squeezed my postpartum self into something slinky that (gasp!) didn’t have an elastic waistband, and my husband even wore some cologne, which he hadn’t used since the days when we both began smelling like spit up and baby powder.
When you first bring your newborn baby home from the hospital, the high you’re on is just impossible to describe. You’re in love! You don’t want to close your eyes for a second—you just need to take in every funny little face she makes, every gurgle, sneeze and yawn.
But then a few weeks pass, and one day you realize you’ve been operating on coffee, adrenaline and fumes for nearly a month. And you do have vague memories of what it was like to be able to sleep. Those were good times. That’s when you wonder: will your baby ever let you get in a solid block of shut-eye again? Believe it or not, the two of you will eventually both be able to sleep through the night.
Here are some tips for getting sleep-savvy:
Nursing is estimated to burn about 500 calories a day. Without even going into all of breastfeeding’s countless health benefits to your baby, this factoid alone is a pretty good incentive to nurse—especially if you are like me and put on, oh, a wee bit more than the recommended 25-35 lbs during pregnancy.
But not all women have an easy time losing weight when they are nursing. Nursing can make you very hungry! And going on some kind of extreme weight loss regimen could potentially affect your milk supply.
There are safe ways to lose weight while breastfeeding, though. (I should know—I lost 40+ lbs. of baby weight three times while successfully plumping up each of my kids!)
Here are my tips for reclaiming your pre-pregnancy jeans…while you’re still wearing a nursing bra:
More often than not, we view situations as “impossible,” despite having not experienced them personally. I am not sure how I would handle being unemployed, disabled, or the parent of a chronically ill child- just to name a few. But there are scenarios and situations in your life that other people consider impossible; and when you realize this, you realize that impossible isn’t impossible at all – it’s normal!
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