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Mom Monday: What Life Looks Like Then and Now

Mom Monday:  What Life Looks Like Then and Now

by Emily Newbold

A year ago

Are you around-the-clock nursing? I am here to say, you will figure out how to include other tasks once more. Maybe not today, or maybe not even in 100 days, but eventually you will figure out what works for you. Oh momma, you will be able to do it all once again. I don’t want you to think you need to figure it out right away—this is simply to encourage you. Someday you won’t be covered in spit up like an exhausted zombie. The distant future includes showers and full nights of sleep. You just enjoy this season you’re in because those tiny toes do get bigger way to fast! Take a look with me at the astonishing difference between nursing my first baby as an infant and my second baby as a toddler.

How do you get anything done?
THEN: I didn’t. A new baby requires around-the-clock nursing and when you’re not nursing, you’re changing a diaper, and when you’re not changing a diaper, you’re trying to sleep. Repeat.

NOW: It’s actually pretty hilarious, but I get all kinds of things done while nursing. I’m not sure when the first time was or why I suddenly braved it, but I will carry my nursing baby in one arm and do a few house chores with the other.

Do you go on any dates with your husband?
THEN: Hardly. It was scary to leave my tiny infant with anyone. I didn’t fully trust anyone to care for the tiny human I loved more than life itself. The first time we left our daughter with Grama, I felt like a part of me was missing! It was also hard on Grama to watch a baby who wouldn’t take a bottle—no matter how hard she tried.

NOW: Yes. I have slowly entrusted a few close relatives and friends with the two beauties that call me “Momma.” I enjoy the time away with my husband. A few hours without crying feels like a gift! We feel so refreshed after spending some time together, and when we get back to our girls we get the biggest hugs! Teaching our nursing girl how to take a bottle gave us such freedom as a couple. I no longer feel anxiety wondering if she will accept a bottle instead of the breast.

When do you participate in social interaction?
THEN: In between nursing sessions. Nursing my first daughter was difficult and came with a handful of challenges. When it was time to nurse, I headed to an isolated room where just the two of us could figure out what we were doing!

NOW: Any time. For personal reasons, I prefer to use a cover in public and sometimes I find myself mid conversation just whipping out the blanket to nurse my crying baby. It happens so naturally, I don’t even pause my sentence to get my daughter latched and happy.

Your THENs and NOWs will probably be just as drastic as mine. Nursing in itself is a huge accomplishment Momma! And if I could send you a high-five, I totally would.  Welcome to Mom Monday, I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Emily and currently chasing after a rambunctious 2-year-old, Elsy, and a sweet spirited 6-month-old, Avenly. Hopefully the information shared here will help fill you with as much joy on your nursing journey as I have received in mine


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