When it comes to the hard work and constant self-sacrifice of motherhood, I hear so many new moms say, “No one told me the truth.” New motherhood is a huge adjustment, and being at home with an infant (or a newly adopted child when you’re cocooning) can be lonely and depleting. But Anne Rust at New Mama tells it like it is:
Mamas, I want to tell you the truth. And here it is: You will not get anything done when you are home with a baby. And anyone who told you otherwise is not being very forthcoming (or perhaps they just have a lousy memory). You might get yourself fed. You might get yourself dressed (then again, you might not). You might take a walk (it makes baby happy). You might have a short phone conversation or start a load of laundry, neither of which you will finish. This is your new mom normal.
Sound frustrating, even a little depressing? Read on — that “nothing” that you’re doing is more than you think. Then pass it on to any new mom you know who needs to hear the truth.
Image: Rachel Thurston, used with permission