While pregnancy can be rough, if you think postpartum life is a breeze by comparison you, sadly, have another thing coming. A newborn makes life infinitely more complicated. Sure, you have this adorable little person staring up at you, making cute little sounds at all hours of the day, but they depend on you constantly, too. You have zero time for washing your hair or reading a magazine or, well, anything. So there's really no reason to complicate those first few post-baby months. Thankfully, there are plenty of things I did to make my postpartum life easier, and you can, too.
The moment I found out I was pregnant with my son, I started coming up with all these fantasies about how my new mom life would be. I figured I’d exclusively breastfeed and I'd only use natural, organic baby and post-baby products. I thought I’d stay home for a couple of months, then dive headfirst into a new job search with the greatest of ease. I envisioned weekly mommy-and-me classes, and was pretty damn sure I would be hitting the gym and dropping my kid off at daycare without a care in the world. I pictured a beautiful and pristine nursery room dedicated to my little one.
Yeah, all of that requires time and energy, and I was lacking in both by the time my son was not only born, but made it home from the NICU. Fortunately, I didn’t hold tight to those pipe dreams for too long, either, because while that might be someone else’s life (perhaps they have lots of help, or money to afford said help, and had easy births and minimal trauma, unlike myself), it certainly was not for me. I took the so-called "easy route" because I needed to, and because, quite frankly, I don’t see why making things harder on myself would somehow make me a better mom. So, with that in mind, here’s how I gave myself a break: