On the 1st of April 2016, at 8.59 in the evening, I gave birth to my baby boy, Jethro. He arrived 6 days early, but it was a very quick (and very very painful) labour.
My first two weeks with Jethro was confusing, blurry and overwhelming. It was the longest 2 weeks of my life. Everything that I learn about taking care of a newborn was shocking, I did not know it was going to be that difficult, especially in the feeding department. Everything was a mess, and I could not imagine we (me, my husband and Jethro) will made it through those early weeks.
After the first two weeks, the days start to go really quickly. In a blink of an eye, he’s 7 weeks old. Things certainly get better each day, but everyday brings new challenges. There are so many things I learn, and I feel emotions I’ve never felt before. Motherhood definitely did not came naturally for me. Lucky for me, my mom is here to help for a while. So there’s someone who knows about baby better than my husband and I do.
When Jethro was 6 weeks old, I was starting to ease back into doing design work for the blog. Fortunately, I have posts lined up before I went into labour. At the very least I did not get too quiet on the blog or instagram. I’m also used to being a night owl, so I’m able to survive with 4-6 hours of sleep daily. During the day, I usually put Jethro in a baby carrier where he sleeps so soundly that I sometimes forget he’s on my chest, and then I will do some designing.
I have a new found respect for mothers, even my own. Regardless of what mothers choose to do for their babies, whether they choose to breastfeed, bottle-feed, sleep train, feed on demand, co-sleep or sleep in separate rooms, sacrifices are made. What I miss the most since I have a baby, is being able to be out alone and anytime I want. The beauty of working from home, in my own time, is that I’m able to go somewhere and do something spontaneously during the day. With the baby, going out requires so much preparation before I could made it out of the door. Sometimes I even think that I won’t. I still remember the first time I brought him out for a check up in the hospital, it was like preparing myself to go to my own wedding. I’m starting to get comfortable bringing him out, but of course practice make perfect!
At the moment, I might not be able to do 2 or 3 posts a week like I used to, but I’m excited to let you know that I have June printables designed. As Jethro gets out of his newborn phase, I’m sure that I will be able to slowly gets back to my old routines, and hopefully get more sleep.
When did you start to get back into work and get more sleep after a baby? Share with me in the comments!