Postpartum Factoids

For most people, the postpartum experience is a mystery. We don’t realize the challenges, what it’s like, and – by golly – how long it lasts. I myself was shocked when I experienced it myself. I expected that since childbirth is a natural, normal process, its recovery would be simple, easy, and over by my 6-week appointment.

This, unfortunately, is not so. There are lots of struggles of varying degrees and kinds. It takes a while. Oh, does it take a while! Here are some other things that people don’t typically know about the postpartum experience:

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Cheer Here #5: Time to Stop.

Cheer Here #5: Time to Stop.

I recently had my kids to myself for two weeks. My husband is in the Navy Reserves and took his annual 2-week obligation in Yokosuka, Japan. As the wife of a former active duty sailor, I’ve done this before, and I know how to set reasonable goals, how to capitalize and make the best of our time without dad, and – most of all – how to survive with grace!
But, I’m an ambitious mom. “Ambitious” is the euphemism I use for flighty, frantic, fast-moving, overly-focused, and (often) motivated for no good reason. I just try to get a lot done. Laundry and a trip to the library and dinner and Oh, maybe I’ll make bread for us today. (Spoiler alert: the bread did not get made.)

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Skip the Baby Shower and Throw Her a Nesting Party!

Skip the Baby Shower and Throw Her a Nesting Party!

Whether we have the closeness we need for postpartum support or not, we need intention. Things don’t happen magically. But one way to at least get acquainted with a new mother’s home is to throw her a prenatal nesting party!

Now, does it really make sense to throw another baby shower for a mom going on her third, fourth or fifth child? This isn’t exactly her first rodeo. But don’t we still itch to celebrate her? She’s having a baby! Her family is about to change and grow and that deserves recognition. What is more, the larger the family, the larger the need. She’ll need friends who know their way around and are comfortable in her home. So, when your friend is pregnant, ditch the baby shower idea and instead throw her a nesting party.

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Mason Jar Snacks

Mom Tip: Mason Jar Snacks!

Mason jars have become the center of our universe, and I love their practical uses. When I saw mason jar snack ideas on Facebook, I knew I had to try it! I’ve found that these are great in conjunction with my snack packs. They serve a different purpose (yogurt and granola don’t go so well in a Tupperware container!) and I usually pack 1 or 2 snack packs for the kids and a mason jar for myself. Mama’s gotta eat, too! Never mind that my snacking often happens quickly in the car.

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