Every parent go through this experience a little time after they leave the hospital carrying their offspring: It just dawns on them that they have this frighteningly huge responsibility on their hands, this new human being that will – in a few years – become an individual in the society.
They want this individual to become as prominent and successful as possible. The pressure and the responsibility is daunting. Nevertheless, a parent should keep the following things in mind when he or she considers parenting.
1- Although breastfeeding seems extremely difficult, it is not impossible. It is understandable that breastfeeding is an exhausting routine that chains you to your baby most of the time, but it is your baby’s right. If you find that breastfeeding is eating up your time and energy, seek help. You do not have to cook and eat complex dishes to have all the nutrients both you and your baby need. Also, do not stress yourself about house chores. Try to let go and keep things as simple as possible.
2- That your baby doesn’t sleep most of the day is not necessarily a problem. Babies are different the same way grownups are. So, not all babies sleep for uninterrupted four hours. If you are not one of the few luck people whose babies sleep 4 hours between each breastfeeding, then it is totally ok. Do not forget to consult a doctor if you think something isn’t right.
3- You will be lacking sleep. This one is understandable as well. If your baby sleeps for an hour or two and then wakes up for his/her next meal, you wouldn’t find time to sleep. Don’t worry. All parents go through this stage. You can divide your care-for-baby time between you and your partner, or seek family and friends for help.
4- Things get easier with time, but the challenges get more complex. The first few months of your baby’s life are undeniably the most difficult. Your baby is just trying to survive and develop more both mentally and physically in a very short amount of time. After that, the challenges will involve developing your baby’s character and mind rather more than his body. You don’t need a genius to guess that this period is stressful and needs energy and patience.