As I prepare to become a new Mom again, I am already thinking of how I’ll manage balancing life with a toddler and the lack of sleep that is about to hit me. When you are pregnant with your second or third kid, the newborn sleep issue suddenly comes back to haunt you before they are born.
You start to remember the 3am diaper changes, fumbling around with a breast pump in the middle of the night and crawling back into bed, with your Spouse, with spit up on your PJ’s. Those first 6 weeks of baby bootcamp are daunting for all parents.
If you look around your group of Mom friends though, you’ll find that each one handles that newborn experience differently. I’ve devised my own system to categorize the types of “Mombies” (sleep deprived zombie Moms) that exist during the newborn phase.
The “Can’t Handle It” Mom
This Mom is honest and doesn’t mind telling everyone how much she misses her sleep. She is barely functioning and probably shouldn’t operate heavy machinery. Her baby is put together and taken care of while she accidentally pours breastmilk into her coffee. I admire these Moms because they are most likely to ask for help from friends, family and their Spouse. Then one day, they emerge from their sleep deprived state and conquer the infant stage like nobody’s business.
The “Fake it Until You Make it” Mom
This Mom deceives everyone from the outside looking in. She looks like she has her shit together, but she’s a wreck on the inside. She’s one spilled bottle of breastmilk away from a nervous breakdown. She doesn’t ask for help and everyone praises how well she’s doing. But secretly, she needs all the help she can get. I’m most familiar, as I am the ultimate “fake it” Mom.
The “Practically Perfect” Mom
This is the Mom we all deep down hate, but we know she has it together. She’s up all night with that newborn baby but at the gym by 5am, and still has energy for the rest of the day. We all look at her and wonder how she does it or what’s really in those healthy snack bars we see her eat. She pulls off Motherhood beautifully and we all love to hate her for it. She proves that sleep isn’t necessary to function. Don’t worry though, she may struggle with those teenage years later on.
This difference with baby #2 though? I know which category I fall into and I can ask for help this time around. Those newborn days are brutal on all of us Moms, but yet we all pull through victoriously.
Tell me! Which category did you fall into as a new Mom?