Yes! Gear up, all you new moms, for all that you are going to wish for, is S L E E P.
Motherhood, for me, has been the ultimate rollercoaster – full of joy and sorrow, comfort and pain, and hormones and fat! A gush of emotions can cloud your mind when you see the wee flickering cell in your ultrasound and you decide to be that know-it-all mom. As our phones are smarter these days, they come to your rescue when researching all those ultra tests and hard to name reports. Every pregnancy is different, and so are the experiences. I had often heard from my mother, that the moment a child is born, a mother is born. That really happened, both physically & emotionally.
It is two things – the magic of babies, and lack of sleep. (Um, actually, it’s very exhausting! It’s every mother’s dismay!)
Speaking as a person like me who loved sleep better than anything else, the transition from sleeping like a baby myself to sleepless nights with a new baby was horrible. We are in a whole new zone, coping with a newborn and a post-delivery body. So, sleeping becomes almost therapeutic! My child is a very light sleeper, and has never taken a nap longer than 2 hours in his 21 months, so all I could do to fulfil my sleep pangs was to take a nap whenever he used to, in the afternoon. It wasn’t much, but gradually, the body gets used to it! Another thing that helped was taking long walks with my baby, which also proved to be mood-reviving for both of us.
So, take care, all you mommies out there. These past few months have been terrible for everyone. Hope we stay strong, and get out of it safe and sound! (And, from one tired mommy to another – I might have been sleep writing, so kindly ignore any errors!)
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