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Sleep when the baby sleeps. When I was an expectant mother, that was the advice I heard most, often served with a side of laughter. While it’s not necessarily bad advice, it’s not particularly helpful either, especially when this particular bit of wisdom is pretty obvious.

 

In fact, each month I interview a local mom about her various experiences, and I ask every one of them if they have any advice or words of wisdom for new parents. Not once has any of them responded with sleep when the baby sleeps. Instead, I get insightful answers that could be potentially life-changing for the moms who read them.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20. But I think all moms, regardless of their backgrounds, have something valuable to offer to other moms, even if it’s just a reminder that we’re not alone on this crazy journey.

 

Becoming a mom is simultaneously the most rewarding and most difficult thing I’ve done in my life. It’s an all-consuming job, no matter your situation, and it’s so easy to lose yourself to mom burnout. I feel like that was the part I was the most unprepared for, and if I could go back and give my new-mom self some words of wisdom, it would be these:

 

Take a real shower, brush your hair (even if it does end up in a messy bun), and put on real clothes. Getting ready for the day will make a huge difference in your mood.

 

Know who your village is, and don’t be afraid to call them for help while you adjust to your new family dynamic.

 

Trust your instincts. When something feels not right, listen to your mom gut. You’ll be surprised just how often it’s right.

 

And sleep when the baby sleeps. I say that one with a little bit of irony, but it’s still good advice. Sleep will be hard to come by in that first year, so if you can, sleep when the baby sleeps. Especially if you are tired. Those dirty dishes and piles of laundry can wait.

Summer is fast approaching. I, for one, am looking forward to not having to set my alarm for quite so early every day. Alexis, meanwhile, is looking forward to attending as many art camps as she possibly can, and there are quite a few to choose from in our area. I’ve rounded up those, as well as all the other types of camps your child can attend, in this year’s Summer Camp Guide.

 

Parenting is not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure, and there is no one-size-fits-all manual, except for maybe Bluey. One of my favorite episodes of the show is called Mum School. In it, Bluey asks her mom to grade her parenting skills. In the end, Bluey fails, but her mom reassures her that all parents fail some days but we can always try again tomorrow. And that’s something we can all look forward to.

Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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by Ashton Wright time to read: 3 min