We are excited that our friend and new mommy, Dixie, will be sharing her baby’s first Christmas with us. Thanks so much Dixie for sharing your heart. There are so many “firsts” with a new baby, and they aren’t always easy. We hope that this series will encourage you during the Holiday Season and speak peace to your heart.
Is your family anxiously awaiting your arrival?
Extended family can be a worry for new moms. Traveling long distances is often required. Then there are cousins, aunts, uncles, second cousins, step family, and host of others that are waiting in line to pass around your child. I, for one, worked hard to set my daughter’s internal clock so she knew day was day and night was night. I also keep a flexible schedule for feeding. This helps me know confidently when my daughter needs what. Obviously my situation is not compatible with a large family get together. Instead of not going (or going and panicing) I decided to take a different approach. Relax, take a deep breath, and remember that one week or weekend is not going to undo everything I’ve done for my baby. Instead of worrying about a schedule,I’m trying to think of this time as a break! My baby is within sight and my hands are free. Even if I’m still nursing, I can express milk before the event and let another family member feed the new addition…or I can use nursing as an excuse to retreat for time alone with my precious one. My goal is to not fret over germs from other people’s children. Babies wash well and let’s face the facts – they will get sick at some point! I’ve decided I’d rather it be because of a family loving on my sweetie than because of a dirty shopping cart or overcrowded church nursery.
Remember families are made for love and sharing, the good and the bad. Try to spend some time in prayer over your little one before traveling and being passed as the family football. Then let God do the rest.