To me 2 years ago – when I was 9 months pregnant,
When everyone tells you to enjoy the quiet time when your maternity leave starts, make sure that you listen. Take the opportunity to slow down a bit and not do things at a million miles an hour.
You will spend the next 6 months wondering how you will get through each day with a newborn, but you will.
You will find strength as a new mum that you never knew you had. You will remain calm and persevere when trying to sooth your crying baby at 1am, 2am, 3am, 4am etc.
You do know what you are doing. You do have a maternal instinct even if you do not think you do right now.
Do what you think is right for you and your baby, and no one else. People will advise, judge, give opinions and suggestions. You know what will help and how to move forward.
You will get in to a routine where you go back to work full time and your baby will go to nursery. It will break your heart dropping him off and having someone else make those crucial decisions during the days you are not there.
It gets easier, and things settle down.
Your life will become your idea of normal – it may not be everyone’s idea of normal. You may come up against families and people who do not agree that you should leave your child in nursery full time Monday – Friday.
It is not their decision. It is yours.
Learn to take every day as it comes. Knowing there will be challenges and ups and downs along the way.
You will love your baby more than you ever knew possible and will watch him grow into the most independent, loving, hilarious toddler.
Remember to slow down and appreciate him while you can. Time will fly by so make the most out of every second you have with him.
Do not rush him even if you may be running late. It isn’t his fault. Make time for him, and for you as a family.
Babies will grow into toddlers, who grow into children, who grow into teenagers, who grow into adults…
You will always be his mum! Good luck in the new chapter of your life – you’ve got this!
Busy Working Mummy (with a soon to be 2 year old) XOXO