Congratulations, Mom! You’ve just accomplished the most amazing feat EVER! Your little one has arrived safe and sound thanks to you and your uterus, and now it’s time for you to recuperate like the superstar you are. Like any A-list rock star, you should enjoy perks that celebrate the performance of a lifetime, so check out a few recommendations that will help you enjoy the after-party before you ease into the madness of Mommydom.
Appoint the Court Bouncer
Everyone will want to see the baby, and if it’s a great hospital, they will recommend you take the first hour for just you and your partner to bond with your precious bundle alone. If not, listen to me: Take the first hour for just you and your partner to bond with your precious bundle alone. When you are ready to receive guests, make sure you designate someone to be the person who can clear the room so mom can get some rest. I have such a wonderful circle of family and friends who wanted to visit, and talk, and hold my daughter, and hug hubby and me, and all I wanted them to do was a drive-by glance without letting their cars’ engines cool down. Being the social butterfly that I am, that’s not what I thought I initially wanted prior to giving birth, but after nearly 12 hours of labor, my main concerns were snuggling my daughter and becoming the mayor of Sleepytown as often as possible. So, choose a code word, or a secret move that signals your trusted bodyguard to evacuate the premises gently, but firmly.
Who Ordered the Sushi?
Ok, I lied. Snuggling and sleeping were not the only things I wanted to partake in. I missed sushi like it was a long-lost sorority sister, and I could not wait to partake in its fishy goodness. So, I designated one of my favorite friends and sushi partners to swing by our favorite spot to bring my eel sashimi, spicy tuna with avocado, tempura crunchies, extra wasabi and white ginger to the hospital, STAT! I also enjoyed many of the culinary delights offered on the hospital’s menu while I was there. Who cares if I ordered everything on the menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks? I was the queen, and a queen deserved a personal feast for the two days in the hospital. You should too!
Please utilize the nursery. I am a first-time mom, and I was so enamored with Jaye that I could have stared at her for hours on end, but, as tired as I was, doing so would have required toothpicks holding up my eyelids. I also was frustrated because breastfeeding didn’t come easy to me, so it took quite a while to feed my newborn. So, send your baby off to the nursery as often as you can muster, in order to get a more solid rest. Trust me, you will have plenty of time to kiss and cuddle your baby after you go home, so take full advantage of all the helping hands in the maternity ward.
Don’t be ashamed to ask for extra anything when you’re in the hospital. You are paying for it, anyway, and most of the staff looks forward to setting you up for a great start to parenting. We were sent home with a few extra blankets, onesies, caps and plenty of items to help continue with my recuperation. Those extra items were blessings in case I wasn’t as prepared as I thought when we got home.
These are just a few ways to make your recovery more enjoyable while you’re in the hospital. I hope they help in your preparation of the greatest moment of your life. Feel free to make suggestions below of other ways you can recover like royalty!