Motherhood comes with a deep learning curve, and I think all mommas would agree. I remember the time when I first realized I was going to be a mom – I was trembling with anticipation to hold her in my arms. There were other moments where I would be apprehensive about my ability to be a good-enough mom. Between these emotions, I would be so exhausted that I wouldn’t know when I would slip into a deep slumber. This is how motherhood is: beautiful moments of happiness with your baby and a lot of exhaustion. Would any mom exchange it for anything in the world? – not a chance!
When I became a new mother, I was in no way prepared for the round-the-clock work and care. Being around a baby didn’t feel like the work I was used to doing, but the undeniable exhaustion took me by surprise. The never-ending feeding, peeing, and pooping cycles of babies created a static in my head and there were times when I could not remember if I changed her 10 minutes ago or 2 hours ago. Being informed as a parent and learning to gear up for expectations is key to navigating this phase.
#SahiWaliFeeling with NewMom Essentials:
Modern-day baby care supplies have attained the status of ‘essentials’. When I got my first bag of diapers for my baby, I remember the distinct feeling of relief wash over me. I must confess, I felt bad about all the older generations of mommas that didn’t have the convenient diaper bag to help them out. It must have been so stressful! I feel bad for my poor mom! And all her mommy-friends too!
As a parent, you will need a lot of diapers- a whopping 3000 diapers in the first year of a child’s life! Imagine having to travel without a stash of diapers. I’ll confess to this one instance we ran out of diapers while traveling in an isolated stretch. My mind went to all the alternatives I could use before I could get my hands on another pack of diapers. Towels? Cotton briefs? A maxi pad?! But then I remembered. Fortunately, my mother was very careful and asked me to stash a second, emergency bag of diapers in a spare bag, bless her soul! Crisis averted, baby happy, and I breathed a sigh of relief. Since diapers have become an indispensable part of baby care, why not make an informed choice?
At the end of the day, you have to go with your gut and trust the #SahiWaliFeeling as I did with Huggies. I opted for the Huggies’ Wonder Pants which come with a next-generation waistband that is delicately designed to protect the baby against red marks and chafing. Its bubble-bed technology and 12-hour absorption make it comfortable and rash-free for the baby’s skin, making it a true ‘life-saver.’
With the Huggies #SahiWaliFeeling campaign, I felt seen as a mother and caregiver. This campaign really stuck with me, as it encourages not judging yourself through the process of motherhood and celebrating the time you have with your baby.
Motherhood has taught me a few things and I hope you get them too- one, don’t blame yourself for the little mistakes. You learn and grow with your baby, and you’re going amazing, momma! Second, and this is even more important, have an emergency bag of diapers stashed away, always!
There will be other instances where you will feel less than perfect. It’s pointless to worry about ifs and buts. As a mother, it’s important to place realistic expectations on yourself. You and your baby both grow with each other as people, and you will learn how to be more patient, kinder, considerate, and giving. And you’ll forgive yourself for the small mistakes and learn to move on and become the best mother you can be!