When I first arrived home from the hospital with my new baby, all the grandparents left to give us some space as a family of three. What did I do? I sat down and had a big ugly cry. While I was exceedingly happy, it was a lot to take in. Postpartum hormones were surging, I had a bit of a rough birthing experience, and I was just really glad to be home. So, I made sure to do some things on my first day home with baby that made me feel more like myself again, and that essentially helped me transition into my new role as a mom.
My baby's birth and our subsequent hospital stay had not been a very positive experience, so I was looking forward to not feeling like a "patient" anymore. While in the hospital, I wanted to get home and just be "me" again, even though "me" now meant I had a son. I was looking forward to chatting with some friends and updating my social media accounts to show off our new baby. I also wanted to send out birth announcements and reveal his name, which we had managed to keep a secret throughout my pregnancy.
Most of all, I wanted to get into bed with my husband and new baby and cuddle up while we watched a little TV. There were a few other things I did in those first 24 hours that made me feel like even though I was a new mom, I was still me, including: