I didn’t realize I had a mama mantra or even just a mindset until I looked back on my time as a brand new mom. My new mama mantra was “it’s just me and you baby and we’re learning together”. I wanted to talk today about a few mantra’s I’ve adopted that help me when life gets a little crazy.
When I was in Labor…
“I can do anything for a minute”
but then later my husband points out that my labor is probably going to be at least 10 hours and there are 60 minutes in each hour so that’s 600 minutes. Then my mantra became “I’m strong enough to know I can accept help” then I received my epidural and went back to bed. HA
After my son was born…
“it’s just me and you baby and we’re learning together.”
The first thing you really teach you child to do is nurse properly whether it’s by bottle or breast and it’s hard to get your footing in the hospital. So it’s nice when you get home you have the privacy to kinda figure things out. Good news is, your baby doesn’t know if you’re doing something wrong!
When I have NO idea what I’m doing,
“God gave me this child because he knew I could handle him, that I would understand him, he knows that I will know and raise this child the best.”
Don’t ever let another person shame you for raising your child the way you feel you need to. You have been entrusted with this child and you know your own child.
When days are hard and you JUST want to sit and cry and you don’t feel like you have anything left to give…
“the days are long but the years are short.”
You will blink and your newborn baby will be walking and talking. We have such a short time with them it’s really important to embrace even the challenging times. It goes so fast.
Then the very last one again,
“I’m strong enough to know I can accept help.”
Reach out to friends, family, midwife or doctor or even just a journal to express how you are feeling. It’s OKAY to let your child cry in their crib if you are getting frustrated. Place them in their crib and sit outside. Even five minutes will help immensely.
I hope you adopt one or all of these. I know these mindsets and mantra’s have helped me put things back into perspective when it seems everything has gone to the birds.