Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn: Series Introduction

surviving & thriving with a newborn

There’s a lot of guilt associated with motherhood — something I had no clue about until my first daughter was born.

Suddenly, I couldn’t do enough for her. When she cried, I did everything in my power to help her stop. When she couldn’t sleep on her own, I nursed her to Snooze-ville or carried her on ridiculously long walks (we’re talking 2-3 hour hikes) to help her fall asleep and stay asleep. I believed it was my job as her mother to make life as tear-free as possible. Boy did I have a lot to learn!

Fast forward 6 years and three more children, and if I’ve learned anything, crying is what babies do; it’s how they communicate. While I still don’t have this mothering gig figured out, I have learned a thing or two, and I want to encourage YOU, Mom, to keep learning and growing.

For the month of October, I will be participating in the Nester’s #write31days challenge. Every day this month I will share a post related to motherhood and babies, a topic close to my heart as we now have a newborn in our home!

I’ll be sharing tips for not just surviving those sleep-deprived days, but also for thriving and enjoying this short but sweet season.

In this series of posts, I want to eliminate the motherhood guilt and encourage you to find your sweet spot as a mom. I’m not here to lecture you or tell you the best way to mother because that’s absurd. Whether you co-sleep or CIO (“cry it out”) is your business, not mine. I simply want to encourage you (and be encouraged by you)!

These posts will be short and sweet. Some days all you may find is a picture with a few sentences. Other days there may be a lengthy post or even a printable. That’s because I’m the Mama of a newborn plus three other little people, and time is of the essence. However, I hope we can create a dialogue here to help one another through the beautiful challenges of mothering a newborn.

Are you in?

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surviving & thriving with a newborn, 31 days

What is or was your biggest challenge as a mom to a newborn?

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#1: Accept Help & Ask For It When You Need It

#2: Sleep When Baby Sleeps (& How to Do That)

#3: Embrace Technology (+ Other Entertainment Options for Kids)

#4: Your Baby is a Blessing from the Lord

#5: A Few of My Favorite Baby Things…For Breastfeeding

#6: Say “No” & Stay Home

#7: Don’t Neglect Your Marriage + Date Night Ideas for New Parents

#8: Wait for a New Normal

#9: Make Time for God

#10: Seeing the Beauty in Our Struggles

#11: Quit Trying to be Super Mom!

#12: Find Freedom in How You Mother

#13: Wear Your Baby

#14: Get the Kids to Help Out

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Comments

  1. Mine was the lack of sleep and feeling like I only had small windows of time to get much done. Excited to follow this 31 day series!
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  2. Love your sweet encouragement, Kerri! Biggest struggle as mom w/a newborn? Relaxing, as in “chill-out, mom, it’ll be fine!” Even with the 5th, I still had trouble with the anxiety of mothering the “right” way…whatever that is. 🙂
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    • Thanks, Caroline. Trying to mother “according to the book” has been a challenge for me too. The beauty of motherhood though is that there is one right way to do it; you have to find the sweet spot that works for you and stop listening to those voices that try to tell you you aren’t doing it right. At least that’s what I’ve found to be true. Still, it’s hard to dismiss that nagging feeling that I’m not doing it “right.”
      Keri recently posted…Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn: Series IntroductionMy Profile

  3. Looking forward to this series! Mine is on preparing for baby #3 🙂 So I could use a little refresher on those newborn days 🙂
    Heather recently posted…{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 – ClothingMy Profile

  4. My biggest challenge was having enough healthy food/snacks available and ready to eat. Nursing takes a ton of energy and with the lack of sleep, I really struggled to get in enough healthy calories. I’ll have another newborn in January, so I’m looking forward to following along.
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  5. Indeed. My baby is 6 months old, so most of the sleepless nights are over. I remember them all too well, though, and I pray that your nights of sleep will come again soon. I look forward to reading this series!
    Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving recently posted…Dollar General: $2 Off Coupon = $0.05 Baby FoodMy Profile

  6. What a great 31 day series topic!!! My baby is already 4 months… they leave that early tiny newborn stage so very fast. My biggest struggles (as with my other ‘baby’ now 18months) is when they are sick and you don’t know what to do… am I overreacting?… the poor little things!… etc… etc.. etc.
    God must give parents of severely ill children such huge amounts of strength and grace as my little girls have only really battle eczema and other mild issues… and the helplessness can be so awful!
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  7. Glad to hear that mama and baby are doing well! I think your new series is a great idea and will bless many mothers! I also like your new web page “look”. Very nice 🙂 Thanks for sharing this encouragement at the Art of Home-Making Mondays.
    JES recently posted…Examining the Table Linen & “Table Talk” ~ Odds and Ends SeriesMy Profile

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