1. Relish every second. The first few weeks of a newborn's life are an incredibly joyous time but they will fly by. It will be 8am, you will blink twice and it will be 8pm. Trust me, I have experienced this 4 times.
2. Hold that baby. Let her fall asleep in your arms, not a swing. You will NEVER get this sweet time back. Kiss her, cuddle her, squeeze her every chance you get. Psalm 90:12 teaches us to number our days. Remember that as you bond with your precious blessing.
3. Give yourself grace. If you homeschool take a break (more on homeschooling with your newborn in another post). Your dishes may get backed up, the carpet may need to be vacuumed and the floors mopped. It's okay. Everyone will be admiring your precious newborn when they come for a visit and will not care a thing about your un-mopped floors.
4. Receive help graciously. If your church offers meals, gladly say thank you and enjoy them. One of my favorite things to do for a new mom is prepare a meal because I know how appreciated they are! If you grandmother wants to come sweep your floors, let her. It blesses her to help you. Mark 9:41 "For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward."
5.Take pictures and videos every day. Take tons of pictures and videos. Hire a photographer or try taking professional looking photos yourself. There are numerous tutorials on taking newborn photos on Pinterest. Don't stress about though and don't try to make every photo perfect. Just snap away so you can remember your baby's first weeks.
|Enjoy this fleeting, blessed season.|
I love this excerpt from the poem "Babies Don't Keep"
The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
by Ruth Hamilton
Grace and peace,Adoring Family
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Lord willing we will have another newborn this summer. I've been a bit more worried this time since this is baby number 2. I've been a bit anxious about how my toddler will react to having to share me, but after reading this post I remember how wonderfully sweet those first days are. There is nothing like a newborn baby. :) Thank you so much for sharing!ReplyDelete
Oh, what a blessing! We talked about ours so much before she got here and I think that helped our youngest get used to the idea. So happy for you. Your toddler will adore your baby :)Delete
These are wonderful sentiments, especially about the giving yourself some grace. You're right when you say that people will hardly notice the dishes or the un-vaccuumed floors. They're there for the baby an that should be blessing enough. Thank you for such thoughtful and insightful words.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Maria! It goes by too fast and I hope to savor every moment!Delete
Oh my goodness, this is precious and beautiful... and oh, so perfect.ReplyDelete
I love "Babies Don't Keep" *tears in eyes*
Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Thank you, Jennifer! Love my babies :)Delete