To be perfectly clear: the postpartum period can be really, really difficult. I write a lot about how medical issues, mental illness, raising a baby, and adjusting to parenthood can take its toll on a new mom. Maternity leave is not vacation. All of this is tough, but that's not to say it can't also be, to use a scientific technical term, "ultra-mega-amazeballs." I asked other moms to describe the best thing about being postpartum and there was no dearth of answers so, clearly, it isn't all bad all the time.
On the whole, I really enjoyed my immediate postpartum time with my children. For one thing, I had maternity leave, a luxury which many new parents are not afforded. For another, my leaves came at good times of the year, fall and summer, respectively, so I wasn't housebound the whole time. I also had a great support system of friends and family (not to mention an amazing partner) nearby to bring me assorted carbs and blankets or whatever. All this, on top of relatively easy recoveries and healthy babies put me in a good position to enjoy the good things to their fullest. Things like wearing sweatpants all the time. Netflix. Guilt-free, constant snacking. And, the pièce de résistance, cuddle time with your long-awaited, sweet, little blob of happiness. Have you ever cuddled with a newborn? It's like warm laundry made sentient and adorable. (And, like warm laundry, newborns smell great, usually.)
Oh, and of course, for the first time in what probably feels like 900 years, you're not pregnant anymore, which is in and of itself incredible. But what specifically was so amazing for other moms? There's so much to love about this magical time, friends.