Those first few weeks home with a new baby are pretty difficult for new parents (or even seasoned parents, honestly). If you've never had a baby before it's safe to say that you have no idea what to truly expect. Between feeding, nighttime parenting, and all the other daily necessities, new moms are usually stretched pretty thin. There are definitely some super kind things you can do for a first-time mom when she has a new baby, though, that can help an otherwise exhaustion transition period run smoothly. (Or, you know, at least as smoothly as possible.)
When my son was a newborn, I had pretty much zero support. My new family had just moved to a new town and I had approximately zero friends or family nearby to help with all the things new moms need help with. After the initial rush of family visits (and the blessed freezer meals they brought) came to an end, we were on our own. From about the second postpartum week on, I made every meal, ran every errand, and did every load of laundry. I would've declared undying love and devotion for anyone who so much as folded a pair of underwear. If someone had brought me coffee? Or pizza? Or sat with my son while I took a long hot shower? I probably would've ugly-cried in their face while simultaneously begging them to move in with me.
Because I know all the things I so desperately needed during those first postpartum months as a brand new mom, I feel 100 percent confident in saying these are the most amazingly kind things anyone could ever do for a first-time mother. Take notes, ladies and gentlemen.