Oh hey, don’t mind me stumbling back in just over 2 weeks after Delainey joined our family. Excuse me while I dust the sleep from my eyes and wipe the spit up off my shirt. This isn’t a fashion contest, right? No one’s gonna judge me on my attire? According to everyone we “don’t look like new parents” nor do I look like I just had a baby. All of that’s a-okay with me.
I think that I’ve worked out a great Formula For Happiness, by the way. I think most new moms pick up a routine pretty quick. Mine mostly consists of breastfeeding Delainey on demand, but hey – that makes her happy!
I’ll be sharing Delainey’s birth story a little later (as well as those baby shower pictures I promised months ago.) But for now, let’s talk our first sleepless night home. It seemed a little impossible that I would make it through the first week, let alone be happy about something other than the small human that I was holding in my arms, kissing constantly. Those dark hours of our first night seemed to last forever.
Most babies have their days and nights mixed up at first, and of course our little night owl was one of them. The next morning I was anything but happy. I was a mess, my hair was a mess. Literally, I was about half a day away from dreads. Now I’m a seasoned pro. So what’s the Formula For Happiness I speak of?
1. Let’s start with a nice cup of coffee. It’s going to make those sleepless nights worth it. Most mornings, I don’t get to finish it and I definitely have spent most mornings trying to balance feeding and eating my own breakfast/coffee.
2. Read a little Note from the Universe outloud to Delainey. We’ve got to start our mornings on a positive note. Of course today’s quote was all about happiness.
3. Take a shower. Oh my gosh, coffee and a shower and I’m a new woman. It’s like I can handle anything – even all of those baby tears that break my little heart.
4. Endless baby cuddles. I gotta soak these in; she’s gonna be Miss Independent before I know it!
5. Get out of the house at least once a day, even if we’re just driving around in the car. It makes for the best nap time.
It all seems pretty simple right now, and I’m sure we’ll have more challenges ahead of us (our biggest one right now is her little booty rash…and the other day when she was colicky and gassy and puked all over me, but hey…welcome to motherhood!)
What’s your #FormulaForHappiness?