There are lots of articles about the wonderful milestones that babies reach and parents go wild for. But let’s take a moment and talk about the achievements a post-pregnancy mum will have on her own that are worthy of recognition, and even some celebration! Here were some of the special new mum moments I want to celebrate:
Sweating for a cause and not just because you’ve got another human in your belly is a wonderful feeling. Starting out slow by walking around my neighbourhood was a great way to get out of the house and something I could do with baby! This was a great opportunity for me to socialise with friends as well. A nice walk around the park with friends was a fun way to get my daily sweat on. Which leads me to the next point…
Looking down and realizing I could see my toes again.
Probably not since the second trimester could I see the lower half of my body -- unless my swollen feet were propped up on the sofa, that is. As my body began to return to its former shape, I was once again reunited with my toes. To celebrate? A pedicure, of course.
My first post-baby date.
Once my bundle of joy arrived, it was all about my baby, all of the time. I loved every minute of it, of course, but before long, I was craving some grown up time. My husband and I went down the classic dinner and movie route for our first night out and I felt like a giddy teenage girl on a first date the whole time.
Entertaining adults and not children.
For a while, your kitchen may look like a baby store exploded all over it. But, after the first tornado of baby bottles, dummies and muslin cloths pass by, you’ll be itching for adult interaction. Cleaning the kitchen and invading the space with wine glasses over baby bottles is such a wonderful opportunity to unwind. My first get together, complete with good food made me feel reconnected with the universe.
A shopping trip just for me.
It's a nice feeling to treat yourself to something new and trendy, even if you can’t squeeze into those pre-pregnancy clothes. Even though I had a little onlooker in the dressing room with me, being out and about and sporting a new look was really uplifting. Plus, I couldn’t help but beam when the other shoppers ‘oohed and ahhed’ over my sweetie. All in all, as you marvel over your baby's firsts, be sure to take a few minutes to enjoy the little moments that belong to you, too.
Dawn Papandrea is a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women's lifestyle, and personal finance. Her work has appeared in Family Circle, Parents, WomansDay.com, and more. She lives in Staten Island, NY with her husband, two fast-growing boys, and a living room full of toys.
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