The following guest post was created by Shanice from City of Creative Dreams.
There’s one word that sums up a new mother to me: Superwoman. For me, my mom is the definition of a Superwoman. And I realized, after becoming a mother myself, that we mothers do so much for our family and jobs, and don’t always have the time ourselves that we strongly need. Being a new mom can be tiring. It’s all new territory, but you have a cute new face to look after that makes it all worth it. That’s why I’ve written the following Mother’s Day message for new moms. I dedicate this letter to you, to hopefully inspire and uplift you during this new chapter of your life.
My Mother’s Day Message to a New Mom
1. There’s going to be good days and bad days.
But by having a support team around you such as your family and friends, you’ll be able to get through your days a lot easier. Being a new mom can feel like you’re alone in this process regardless of who is around you. This little cute face is relying on you 24/7 and that can be overwhelming especially when you just want to do regular things such as sleep, eat, and shower. So take the bad days as they come, and don’t forge to enjoy the good ones.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
It can be easy to say that you want to do it all. You want to prove to yourself that you can do this, but when you’re a new mom, everything is new. Everything is not as it used to be, so it’s okay to ask for help. There is nothing wrong with asking for help with your baby from time to time. You deserve a break and your body needs it more than ever. Also, get advice from other moms. It’s all in the process of finding yourself as a mom.
3. It’s okay to change your mom plan.
I for one thought my mom plan was going to be a certain way: I was going to be a stay at home mom, cook fresh food, and craft all the time with my son. In reality, I had to eventually go to work, my cooking habits aren’t where I want them, and my son couldn’t care less about crafting. It’s okay to look through mom books, and scroll through websites, or try to follow in your own mom’s footsteps but at the end of the day, you’re creating your own mom plan that will be evolving as you grow.
4. Talk to someone.
Even if your family or friends can’t be physically there all the time, reach out by calling them to express what you’re going through. The best people to talk to is the ones who have been through it before. They are the ones who can give you the encouragement to keep going past all the challenges. Holding your feelings inside is never the answer. So, if you have a moment when were you can express your feelings through a journal on your phone or a quick chat with your mom, I strongly recommend it. There are going to be times when you feel at your worst, so a shoulder to lean on is just the help you’ll need. And if there isn’t someone in your life who you feel comfortable confiding in, never feel embarrassed to reach out to professional help.
5. You Got This!
Many moms have been feeling the same feelings and dealing with the same struggles well before you. However, it’s also important to remember that this is a once in a lifetime experience. You only get to be a new mom once. As much as it can be stressful, messy, and tiring, you are doing your best. The little one in your life appreciates it even though he or she can’t fully say it. Take the smiles as a thank you. Be proud of what you have accomplished so far as a parent.
So, if you’re a new mom: congratulations, and remember those who love and support you. And if there’s a new mom in your life: gift her something sweet. She deserves it.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for New Moms
Go for unique and sentimental gifts for new moms. I’ve listed a few of my favorite Mother’s Day ideas for new moms below to help get you started:
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
Not too long ago, I bought my mom a photo book. I knew that she had been through a lot so I created this book and filled it with images of my siblings, my son and with cute quotes as well as empowering words from me. I wanted her to start the new year feeling great so I designed it with the thought that she could look through it whenever she needed a little pick me up.
My gift was well received! She loves it and has it displayed in her room. You could create one too for a new mom in your life. Shutterfly makes this process very simple. All you have to do is upload your photos and drag it into the suggested boxes. In no time you will have a similar photo book ready to go.
Write Her a Post Card
Sometimes it feels like no one mails things anymore. Apart from online shopping and bills, we don’t really have that awesome moment of getting a nice letter or postcard from loved ones. But a postcard can also make a great Mother’s Day idea for new moms.
The idea of sending a postcard came from my mom. She sent me a postcard when I was pregnant when she noticed that I was going through a tough time. It was such a clever idea to create a cute postcard or card and when it arrived in the mail it made me smile. She included positive and encouraging words that really cheered me up. It still brightens up my day whenever I think about it.
This idea is so simple and much more meaningful than if my mom had texted me. The extra effort is what really made me appreciate it more.
Create Photo Albums
There is something special about a photo album. As much as all my pictures can be uploaded and stored online, I still love going through a photo album. I find it fun adding in the photos and flipping through the pages. It is a great way to display baby photos, special occasions and vacations. Another option is creating a scrapbook which is perfect for a crafty individual. New moms will definitely enjoy going through the photos.
Customize Some Drinkware
Is your mom a tea drinker or a coffee drinker? Does the new mom in your life have a ‘wait, coffee first‘ mindset? If so, she could always use an extra mug. Mugs are a classic go-to. There are lots of creative and simple mugs available that speak to any mom’s taste. Think about your mom’s style or her favorite color. In my opinion, the best mugs are the ones that have a darling picture of you as a child or even your favorite photo from a special occasion. Look through baby images and have it added to a mug.
Get Her a Cozy Surprise
We all know blankets are what most people gift babies, however, why not gift a new mom a soft fleece blanket that can cover both mom and baby. It is a useful gift that she will not grow out of. There are many ways you can customize a blanket that doesn’t involve knitting all by yourself. You can customize one online with simply adding the last name of the family or you can add some fantastic photos of the family to really make it stand out. I created my blanket for my mom so that she could surround herself with family any time.
Final Thoughts on Mother’s Day Ideas for New Moms
I hope this inspired you. Being a new mom isn’t easy, but the advice above can help. Remember that there are going to be good days and bad days, but don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t worry when your mom plan doesn’t go as planned and talk to someone about what you are going through. You’ve got this. And if you’re looking for additional related content, make sure to visit our other Mother’s Day resources and our new mom gift ideas.