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Surviving The First 4 Months of Motherhood in 3 Simple Steps.

After all the anticipation and months of waiting while you grew your perfect little baby, your precious one is finally here. And oh my goodness… what a beautiful baby! Surviving the first 4 months of motherhood with your joy and some sanity intact is essential!

You want to enjoy these first precious moments. They’ll be gone before you know it and with a little (or a lot) of prioritizing during your first 16 weeks with a newborn, you’ll make each precious moment with your baby memorable! Soak up every single second, take steps to prevent postpartum depression, and avoid exhaustion with these 3 simple steps.

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Surviving the first 4 months of motherhood in 3 simple steps. New mom with baby.

Don’t Set Yourself Up For Heartache.

Don’t set yourself up for heartache and feelings of defeat by trying to come up with some perfect schedule for you and your newborn. The first 4 months of motherhood are full of emotional roller coasters.

For now, let me share with you how to manage your expectations, rather than your minutes. There will be plenty of time for helpful schedules in a few short months.

Your body, heart, and mind need time to heal, regroup and reset. Give them a chance to do so, before you jump into what a “perfect-day-in-the-life-of” should look like!

In place of trying to survive a schedule let’s chat about how to thrive in the moments during the first four months of your newborn baby’s life!

3 Steps to Thriving Instead of Surviving the First 4 Months of Motherhood

#1. Do what you want to do first.

After 15-30 minutes, ask yourself this question, ”What SHOULD I do?”

#2. Do what you should do second.

Finally, the third step in thriving instead of surviving the first four months of motherhood is to ask yourself, “What can I do?”

#3. Finally, Do what you can do.

Proactive Against Post-Partum Depression

One day not long ago, I received a call from a friend who was at her wit’s end. Her baby was over three months old and still getting her up every couple of hours at night.

Her body had become so use to this, she too had become trained to wake every couple hours, even on the rare occurance that her baby slept longer than that. She was depressed, low, and feeling hopeless and desperate. She had seen her doctor, who had recommended anti-depressants and she was considering taking them.

After some discussion she revealed the baby’s poor sleeping habits and the subsequent poor habits she’d fallen into. I asked her if she’d like to fix the baby’s and her own sleeping habits before taking the medication.

She enthusiastically said yes. This was the text I recieved from her less than two weeks later:

“Oh my goodness! [Sleep training] has made all the difference. I am sleeping at night and if I wake I am able to go back to sleep. I was to my breaking point and wanted sleep so badly for so long. I can’t thank you enough.” Holly

This mother was about to throw in the towel, fall into a dark place, quit breastfeeding, and take medication. By sleep training her baby and re-training herself good sleep habits, she was able to regain her joy and her health!

As soon as you are comfortable with sleep training, it is one of the most significant positive steps you can take toward thriving during your baby’s infancy!

The Next Step

Acknowledge the importance of doing what you want to do, the need to do a few things you should do, and being realistic about what you can do! The first four months don’t have to be a blur.

Take steps to have the motherhood moments you desire. Be proactive to achieve the motherhood goals you strive to. And be real with yourself and others about what you can do right now.

Lastly, and most importantly, when you just can’t do anything, call a friend! CLICK HERE TO READ ANOTHER POST LIKE THIS

Ready to move on and start working on a healthy routine for your baby? I will walk you through the step-by-step process of establishing a healthy routine here!

Hi there! I'm Mama Duck,

I'm a stay-at-home/work-at-home, homeschooling Mama of 4 beautiful kiddos, wife to my loving husband, Parenting Coach, Speaker, and Writer. I adore the sound of my children's giggles, that first sip of hot coffee, and a snuggly blanket fresh out of the dryer. Here on Faithful Parenting, my heart is to equip mamas with the skills, knowledge, and biblical wisdom to raise fantastic kids and build a tethered family!