Motherhood is hard. There is no getting around that. Unfortunately we (as mothers) often get caught up in the comparison game and just focus on the differences in our parenting. You know what I'm talking about, labor/delivery, vaccines, diapers/cloth diapers, attached parenting, crying it out, co-sleeping/crib etc. The list goes on and on. At the end of the day, each mom is just trying to do her very best and that's why we need to to step up and be there for each other!
One of the most important times to be there for a fellow mommy is after she has a baby. It might be setting up a meal train, coming by to help around the house, babysitting her other kids for a little, giving a gift card for food or simply just reaching out and asking what she needs. About a year ago I posted about the tradition my friend Kate and I started called the Lemon Bag. I'd love to be able to give all my mommy friends a Lemon Bag but unfortunately that's a little difficult. So in my effort to be more supportive, I sent my friend Elizabeth a little care package in the mail. She had a baby a few weeks ago and I wanted to let her know that I was think about her and sending some prayers her way.
So along with a card, I sent over some necessities like chapstick and lotion. I also included a little notepad to help her keep her thoughts straight. Because after you have a baby your brain is mush and I found that writing things down can help. Finally, I included a gourmet lollipop as a little treat.
What are some things that you do for a new mommy? And if you're a mommy what are some things you appreciate after having a baby? Leave a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear from you!