I remember those early days. The days where I spent more hours worrying than I did sleeping. The days when my thoughts were entirely based on whether or not I was going to get at least 4 hours of sleep at night. The days when even taking a shower felt completely overwhelming. New moms, I’m here to tell you that it does and will get easier. I thought I would share three times when life was extremely hard for me as a new mom, and how it differs now.
- Will he ever sleep through the night? This was a constant question on my mind for the first 6 months after Noah was born. I longed for sleep in the early days. I felt like I was in a brain fog and I was literally exhausted everyday for months. I remember the first night we let Noah “Cry It Out”. I had to leave the house, and go get dinner nearby with my sister. My husband stayed home with Noah and was updating me via text. I was a mess. I couldn’t eat. I felt sick to my stomach. How could I let my baby cry alone in his crib?I felt like the world’s worst mother. I’m here to tell you he cried for two nights and after that he slept through the night completely. I woke up feeling like a new person. I had no idea that letting him cry for 2 nights off and on would make the world of a difference. I made myself physically sick letting him cry. It really wasn’t easy, but I don’t think he would have started sleeping through the night unless we made a change. He’s still sleeping through the night at 13 months old, and mom and dad are getting some quality shut eye at night.
Read the other two times when life got better as a new mom on Mom.me HERE