Even for a veteran mama, there are still things about infants that can feel brand new. I know I’ve blocked out some of this sleep-deprived stage with my last two babies, so I thought I’d share the articles I’ve been referencing this time around. I am pretty picky about what I read during and after pregnancy. Tone is really important to me, so I seek out women who are gentle, experienced, positive and firm in their advice. Nothing wishy-washy, and no horror stories to freak me out in the middle of a late night feeding.
One of my favorite memories as a brand new mama is when my mom, grandma, aunt, and a few cousins (who are like my sisters) visited me days after Evelyn was born. They spilled all their mothering secrets like swaddling, birth stories, recovery stories. They were soothing and reassuring, but we also laughed a lot about the craziness our bodies go through. These are the articles and essays that remind me of that afternoon.
Infancy. Again. A four-part series by Rachael Ringenberg that is both poignant and practical. A must-read.
A Mother’s Prayer. by Tina Fey.
Hey, Mama of a Couple Tiny Kids. A breath of fresh air essay by Hayley Morgan. I’ve seen her in action, and her mothering is thoughtful, gentle, and effective. Read this on the days when people tell you to savor this season, but you’re just so worn out.
The Keepers of Babies. An essay on our precious job as mamas by Natalie Jean.
How to Stay Married with Children. by Chrissy Powers. Because after months of pregnancy and now months of newborn needs and hormones, I miss my husband. This is a practical list to keep your marriage (and by extension your whole family) a priority.
“Good for her, not for me.” – Amy Poehler, from her book, Yes Please. A mantra for all the unsolicited advice.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7. For keeping anxiety and depression at bay, and remembering that God can and will guard my heart and mind.
“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” ― poem by Mary Jean Irion
Our Tried + True Baby Registry (still going strong, three kids in!)
Elevate Your Sweats. (my uniform right now)
What are your favorite articles, mantras, or quotes? I’d love to hear!