18 Week Old Baby Reader Story 💡
Baby Week to Week 18 Mama Natural
Sometimes It’s All About… Me?
Delaney and her grandparents spending quality time together.
My mom has always been insistent on me being able to continue to do at least one thing that makes me feel not only human, but healthy. In addition to helping me by putting healthy meals in my freezer when I got home from the hospital, she was always available to help me get an hour or two to myself a couple times a week, whether to walk or take a leisurely shower.
The first time my parents watched Delaney was only two weeks after she was born. I wanted to make sure they had everything they needed. I over-explained diapering, what her noises meant, if they wanted to use her bouncer or not, how the monitor worked—despite the fact that I was only going to be one floor away. I wanted them to feel comfortable and enjoy their time with her, but looking back, I was just making everything harder.
Of course they smiled and listened to ease my nerves. And they were so calm and present during those hours. They offered the best comfort and care to my sweet girl—and helped me in the process. Knowing that my baby girl was in the best hands helped me really indulge in those times I was “away,” so I could come back truly rejuvenated.
To all the hardworking mamas out there: Never underestimate the power of little spurts of alone time—even 10 minutes. Those minutes create little reminders that although your new baby is everything, s/he is not all of you. The pay-off for taking those moments as a new parent is wondrous—and I know my daughter benefits from it as well.