As a new mom, there are so many new things to try and master. New baby, new body, new sleep schedule, new roles in your home and relationship, new emotions and most of all a new love in your life! As an Orange County Newborn Photographer, I see so many new mamas right in the thick of it. I see and feel their struggle to hold it all together. Typically the last thing to remember is yourself. You take care of baby. You take care of your other kids. You take care of hubby. You take care of the house. You take care of your job. There is a constant need to take care of things and people. That tug starts to wear on you.
They say the best way to relieve that feeling of constant neediness is self care. They say it’s vital to make you feel like a normal human again. They say it’s easy.
In reality, it’s not that easy. Unless you have a live in nanny or you’re surrounded by family, that is. In reality, getting away from a new baby is tough stuff. Baby needs mama to get to sleep, baby likes a certain way to sing or rock and only you know the right way to do it, baby needs to nurse, baby is fussy. Or the other side of it, you have anxiety leaving baby, you don’t want someone else to put her to sleep, you will miss baby and even if you want to get out the act of it is overwhelming. You know you’ll worry the whole time anyways right?1
Am I just talking about myself? Maybe I am, maybe someone else gets me. Maybe I’m just writing this to myself. Hint hint - I need a pedicure! Haha!
Self care is important. Self care is hard. But I do always feel better after I get out. I feel a breathe of fresh air. I feel slightly more myself and less like a mombie (that’s a mom & zombie). I know I need to do it more often and as baby gets older, it’s getting easier. Little by little.
Poppy Lea Photography is a motherhood photographer in Orange County who specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood sessions and family photography in the Orange County area, including San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo and Costa Mesa.
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