Motherhood means giving your all, every single day to raise a loving, caring, fun filled life to another. It is the most unselfish job on the planet, and frankly the hardest. I love every single moment of being a mother. I love how my son hugs me and trusts me. And I love when we laugh together, as a family.
I used to be a nanny, so I knew how to take care of kids. But I had NO idea how much I would change as a person. Motherhood has changed me for the better. I am everything I wanted to be and more because of my son.
Most Challenging Time
Lack of sleep had a HUGE impact on me. We had a baby nurse most nights for 2 months. But I am someone who relies on my sleep for my mental health. I started an antidepressant to help me get through my post partum depression (PPD), which helped me sleep better too. I gave birth in lockdown and it was a traumatic experience leading up to a very smooth delivery, thank God.
On Baby Advice
So many people told me to sleep as much as I could before hand - how silly, you can’t catch up on sleep. Meanwhile, my son sleeps 13 hours a night now. I have found no matter what, to follow my own lead, and not listen to others.
Melissa's advice to a first-time Mom
Give yourself SO much grace, and to not stop loving yourself. I lost myself in the first few months, I was depressed and in shock. I felt like I couldn’t care for myself, let alone another human being. The fact that he needed me so much was daunting, when I see my son want me now, I am honored.
Top Baby Must-Haves
We had the Snoo which we liked. Our life saver was the baby swing. And my baby nurse.