When you become a parent, the world as you once knew it is transformed. Construction noises become louder. Traffic jams with become even more unbearable. The comfortable living room couch becomes the center of your universe - at least in the early weeks when all you really want to do is soak of the sweet baby snuggles you dreamed of for so long.
But tempting as it may be to hold your baby as long as they will let you…
Tempting as it may be to neglect all other responsibilities…
Tempting as it may be to forgo all personal time for moments spent studying your newborn’s perfect features…
Life will have other ideas. And the moment will come when you have to put your baby down so you can tackle that pile of dishes or shower or simply change your clothes and take a moment to breathe.
Because sometimes you don’t know what you need until you actually do it. You forget how luxurious it feels to take a hot shower and get dressed. Or you forget the sense of accomplishment that comes from crossing something off the to-do list other than “change another diaper.”
By doing these things for yourself, however, you can remember the person you are outside of the role of a parent—a person who deserves to be seen and cared for, too.
You know what is also true? Most of the time, your baby doesn’t mind being set down. Although there never is a replacement for you, having a safe, soothing space of their own is fine in their book. Whether a calming rocker or stimulating play gym, these moments are good for them, too, as they lay the foundation for independent play and healthy self-soothing habits. (That’s what they call a win-win.)
You can get back to those snuggles quickly - now feeling refreshed, recharged and maybe a bit cleaner. When you do, there may even be a moment when your baby nuzzles in closer, sparking that heartwarming joy that can’t be replicated by anything else. And it will be all that much sweeter.
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