If you look the word worrywart up in the dictionary, I'm pretty sure you'll find a picture of a new mom. She'll be unshowered, of course, and ready to tear her greasy hair out of her head. Moms, it's because I've been there that I'm going to offer the following advice: lighten up!
I am coming to you from seven years in your future, and it's with the benefit of that awesome hindsight that I can tell you that you're just wasting your time. Your baby doesn't care about any of it. Just look:
1. Your squishy tummy: You see it as weight. Baby sees it as more cushion for cuddles.
2. Bottle or breast: Oh, the debates we have about this! And all baby cares is that their hunger is being sated.
3. The dishes in the sink: You do know that newborns can only see 8 to 12 inches in front of them, right? Baby can't even SEE those dishes!
4. Your hair: So you didn't brush it today? Or yesterday? The baby will still try to get his fingers tangled in there. Good luck!
5. Affording fancy toys: Wouldn't it be awesome if we could all blow a couple hundred bucks on baby toys? Thank goodness for us the baby is just as happy with the set of measuring spoons from the kitchen cabinet.
6. Making fancy dinners: Considering pretty much everything is a choking hazard these days, let me refer you back to number 2.
7. Going out for girls' night: This may be painful to hear, but it has to be said at some point. As long as someone is there to change their poopy diapers, feed them, and cuddle them when they're cranky, babies are happy. It is OK to leave them with your significant other. Yes, REALLY. P.S. You can even be daring and take him along ... that's what sitters are for.
8. Stroller or sling: Forget the mommy wars, wouldja? Baby just wants to get moving and get rid of this wicked gas!
9. Your clothes: So you haven't worn anything other than a spit-up stained sweatshirt and yoga pants this week? Funny, your baby still poops in his undies. I think you'll be OK (but when they're 7, all bets are off).
10. Making your bed: Really, you have to keep a human being alive, and you're stressing about whether you pulled the comforter to the pillows? Your baby doesn't care!
All right, take a step back ... what have you been worrying about that your baby really doesn't care about?
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