I am posting this in honor of my friend who just had her first baby. Johanna, take note and call me if you need to (see #8). Oh, and congrats! For all new moms out there, these are suggestions for those fun first months at home. Hopefully, a few months in, you’ll have a system figured out. And just when you do, baby will change it up on you…. Just to keep you on your toes. Good things babies are cute.
10 11 Things to Do While Baby is Sleeping
1. Go to the bathroom. It’s up to you whether to flush. Might not be worth the risk of waking the baby, though.
2. Eat a snack (don’t get too ambitious, just get some crackers).
3. Go put a sign on the door to any delivery men who might stop by. It should be taped over the doorbell and say something like, “You wake her, you take her.”
4. Quietly do laundry. With all the spit-up occurring around you, it’ll be a necessity sooner rather than later.
5. Watch an episode of your favorite shows on Netflix – hey, we all have are needs.
6. Seriously, go to sleep – always remember, sleep when the baby sleeps!
7. Run to the mailbox and get the mail, breathing in some fresh air as you go. Do not, and I repeat, do not make eye contact with a neighbor. They will only ask questions.
8. Call your mom (sister, friend) and proceed to gush about how cute your baby is. Or you can just cry. That is ok, too.
9. Send out an email to a coworker so you can feel like a professional again. That is, if you can muster up the brain cells to make a coherent thought.
10. If it’s after 6 p.m. and baby just nursed, go ahead and have a glass of wine (I recommend 3 ounces or less – not because it is medically recommended but because after 9 months of not drinking this is all you need and all you should have). You might as well sip it and enjoy.
11. Ok, if baby happens to fall asleep in the car, I’d suggest you find a Starbucks with a drive-through. Be forewarned, though, the drive-through barista’s chipper tone may wake baby. But at least you’ll have a hot and caffeinated beverage for the drive home.
Whatever you do, don’t assume that the baby is going to sleep for the next two hours. And certainly don’t say anything to your partner indicating this assumption… Once you have stated this out loud, baby is sure to wake up. It’s like they sense your relief and must reclaim their control over the situation.
During those first few months, what was your favorite ‘baby is sleeping!’ pastime?