When a new baby is born, it is just the beginning of a new adventure. Danielle Fisher had a baby girl in December of 2013 and has already faced many changes in her life with her new born baby.
Danielle said her baby is a gift from heaven and she can hardly take her eyes off her baby. “Take time to rest and get to know your baby when a baby comes,” she said. “It takes time to heal after having a baby for mommy and baby!”
Let’s see what Danielle said about three things she wished she had known before she had her first baby. She also shared some great solutions to prepare for baby.
Wish #1–Rest and get to know your baby
“A new mother has healing of her own to do from childbirth and also sleep patterns will change and if you breastfeed that's a new adjustment as well,” she said. “Sometimes the labor and delivery was hard or hopefully it went smoothly, no matter how it went, both baby and mother have healing to do. Plan on taking it easy for the next few weeks. Does not have a lot of time to sleep; in fact, no sleep for some. Babies consistently wake up every two hours. Some may even face baby sleep problems. Hopefully parents take turn getting up and feeding them, but a father can't do that if mom needs to breastfeed the child.”
“If possible have your husband take time off of work or school so you both can be with and get to know your little one,” she said. “Having your mother or mother-in-law, or a good friend, come in town to help with house and assist with household duties and meals.”
Wish #2–Endless learning
“Learning doesn't stop with a baby; in fact, this is a time to learn about many different topics including baby nutrition, education, parenting skills etc,” she said. “I wish I knew of more parenting websites and blogs before.”
“I have been reading a lot of articles and blogs on good parenting skills. I am really interested in child nutrition and enjoy this blog called Plant-Powered Kitchen,” she said. “I also have recently been listening to some podcasts like "New Moms, News Babies: Tips, Tricks, Sanity Savers" There are also some really great books out there like: “Secrets of The Baby Whisperer,” by Tracy Hogg “Your Baby's First year week byweek,” by Glade B. Curtand and "The Womanly Art of breastfeeding" by Diane Wiessinger. It’s great becoming a mother and taking care of my precious babe!”
Wish #3–Time commitment
“Babies are the greatest thing but are a time commitment,” she said. “Babies need feeding, diaper changing, and love at almost anytime of day. This is a new adjustment (Think of it like finals week in school where your schedule is different and you don't get a lot of sleep, but it's totally do able!)”
“Be patient with yourself,” she said. “I get worried how I can keep her alive. I struggle with remembering to water our plants in our home, let alone take care of a little person. When a baby is asleep, I try to take a nap with her, so I can be well rested and be a better mommy. I feel that when a mother feels overwhelmed, your baby feels that, too.”
Danielle is from Utah and has lived in China for part of her life. She said home is where the heart is. She lovesbeing with her husband and baby, speaking Chinese, traveling, nutrition, yoga, and reading. Her favorite book is Harry Potter and her favorite movies are “Emperors New Groove,” and “Return to Me.” Her role-model mothers are her mom, aunt Jeannette, mom in law, and Grandmas.