Ah, the joys of parenthood! One moment you're marvelling at those tiny fingers and toes, and the next, you're knee-deep in nappies, sleepless nights, and a cacophony of baby cries that you're desperately trying to decode. Welcome to the rollercoaster that is the first 100 days of being a new parent.
The Emotional Whirlwind
First things first, let's talk emotions. You're going to feel a whole spectrum of them, sometimes all in the space of a single hour. Elation, exhaustion, love, frustration—it's all part of the package. It's essential to remember that it's perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed. You're not alone, and it's okay to ask for help. Whether it's a family member, a friend, or a professional like a doula, don't hesitate to lean on your support network.
The Sleep(less) Reality
Ah, sleep, that elusive dream! Your newborn will sleep a lot, but in short bursts. This means you'll need to adapt to a fragmented sleep schedule. The key here is to sleep when the baby sleeps. Housework can wait; your well-being cannot. If you're breastfeeding, night feeds will naturally fall on you, Mum. But partners, you're not off the hook! You can assist by changing nappies, burping the baby, or rocking them back to sleep. Teamwork makes the dream work—or at least makes it more likely that you'll both get some shut-eye!
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