10 things that helped me through my first two weeks as a new mom

On Monday, our baby girl will be three weeks old. The past few weeks have been a huge blur. I find that I don’t remember life before baby girl was here – and going to work seems like such a distant memory. My first few weeks being a mom has been super rewarding and challenging. The good news is that I feel like I can do it! I take each hour as it comes and don’t expect too much from myself – or baby! Having a kid is a great way to be in the present moment. I think I finally really get what that means.

Anywho – I wanted to share some of the recipes, products and habits that have got me through these past few weeks – and have helped maintain my positive outlook.

  1. Habit: Have lots of water bottles around the house! 

I had no idea how thirsty I would get now that I’m breastfeeding. I knew you had to drink water, but this is next level. What has helped me tremendously is having water bottles in pretty much every room of the house.

Also what has helped is having some water flavoured with lime juice (half a lime’s worth) and apple cider vinegar (1 tbsp / litre). I love the taste of it – and it helps me get in all the water I need to recover, and to care for my baby girl.

2.  Product: Get a wireless phone charger

This one was completely my husband’s idea, so I’m not taking any credit here. If your phone has the ability to wirelessly charge, I highly recommend getting a wireless charger. Why? Well, because in the middle of the night, you don’t have to fight with finding your phone charger cord and plugging your phone in. It also serves as a nice clock for all the tracking of diapers and feedings you’ll do in the first week.

3. Recipe: Make some cosmic cookies!

My mom made me two batches of these cookies and they are amazing. They are filling and have great ingredients that can help boost milk production if you are breastfeeding (for example, oats). If you are breastfeeding, it burns quite a few calories, so these cookies make a great snack to add in to your diet to keep your energy levels up.

4.  Recipe: Have veggie burgers on hand!

I made a batch of the Oh She Glows veggie burgers and they are amazing for breakfast, lunch or dinner! They freeze amazingly and they actually hold together! I have had these on salad, as a burger, and have eaten them cold with one hand while rocking the baby. These are a huge winner, and I will make them for my new mom friends when I can!

5. Habit: Welcome visitors

Most people said that I wouldn’t feel like having visitors, but it has been so nice to have quick visits pretty much every day since baby was born. It breaks up my day and makes me feel supported and loved. This was huge for me. I know that help is just a phone call away – and I’m so fortunate.

6. Habit: Going for walks

I’m fortunate to have a spring baby – and getting out of the house once a day for a quick walk around the neighbourhood when the weather is nice has been really great. Fresh air does everyone good. I feel like this habit awarded me more patience and has allowed me the space to be a better mom. That’s a big payoff for walking around the block twice with baby and dog.

7. Habit: Do one thing a day

I used to be very “go go go” but with a new baby – and having to get up every 2 hours to feed and change her – that mentality had to go out the window. Instead, I’ve adopted the new habit of doing one thing a day. It can be anything. Like one load of laundry, or unloading the dishwasher, emptying the diaper genie or vacuuming.  I get my one thing done (typically in the morning), then spend the rest of the day taking care of the loveliest baby ever. (Note: I am very lucky to have a baby who doesn’t mind noise during the day. I put her in the carrier and she sleeps through all my chores. I know this won’t last forever, but I will take it while it lasts!)

8. Recipe: Overnight oats

I was a fan of these before baby came, but now, I’m SO sold on overnight oats. Not only are they packed with amazing nutrients to help me with my milk production but they are so easy to throw together at night, and in the morning I have an amazing breakfast waiting for me. Last night, my husband put some together for me (and he added extra chia seeds, the result was lovely!) I follow this Tone it up recipe and tweak it as I see fit for that day. In the morning, I top this with fresh berries, cacao nibs, coconut, hemp hearts and pumpkin seeds (just a pinch of each to keep it interesting).

9.  Habit: If you can’t sleep, just close your eyes anyways and put the smart phone down. 

It’s tempting when you can’t fall asleep to cruise Instagram or Facebook. I admit that I do this while I’m feeding baby at night, but once she’s done – the phone goes back on the charger and I close my eyes, even if I can’t sleep. Rest is huge and you need to take it when you can get it. This habit has helped me catch some zzz’s and I’ll keep it up until baby sleeps longer through the nights.

10. Habit + product: Take care of yourself and pamper yourself a bit everyday!

Do one thing everyday that makes you feel like you. For me, it’s a shower. Everyday, I hop in the shower, even if it’s only for 5 minutes. This allows me to “wash off” the previous day and start fresh. I also bought myself some new soaps and shampoos to make the experience a bit more luxurious.

In the last 2 weeks, I have become a big fan of this Live Clean body wash, and this 2 in 1 shampoo.  2 in 1 shampoos are amazing and makes a difference to use when your baby starts to cry! One step and your hair is clean!

So these are my top 10 things that have helped me through the first 2 weeks as a new mom. Hope this is helpful to the new moms and moms to be out there!

 

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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