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Saturday, January 24, 2015

5 Tips For Your Newborn's First Month

1. Relish every second. The first few weeks of a newborn's life are an incredibly joyous time but they will fly by. It will be 8am, you will blink twice and it will be 8pm. Trust me, I have experienced this 4 times.

2. Hold that baby. Let her fall asleep in your arms, not a swing. You will NEVER get this sweet time back. Kiss her, cuddle her, squeeze her every chance you get. Psalm 90:12 teaches us to number our days. Remember that as you bond with your precious blessing.

3. Give yourself grace. If you homeschool take a break (more on homeschooling with your newborn in another post). Your dishes may get backed up, the carpet may need to be vacuumed and the floors mopped. It's okay. Everyone will be admiring your precious newborn when they come for a visit and will not care a thing about your un-mopped floors.

4. Receive help graciously. If your church offers meals, gladly say thank you and enjoy them. One of my favorite things to do for  a new mom is prepare a meal because I know how appreciated they are! If you grandmother wants to come sweep your floors, let her. It blesses her to help you. Mark 9:41 "For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward."

5.Take pictures and videos every day. Take tons of pictures and videos. Hire a photographer or try taking professional looking photos yourself. There are numerous tutorials on taking newborn photos on Pinterest. Don't stress about though and don't try to make every photo perfect. Just snap away so you can remember your baby's first weeks.

Enjoy this fleeting, blessed season.

I love this excerpt from the poem "Babies Don't Keep" 
 The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep. 
by Ruth Hamilton
Grace and peace,
Adoring Family

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