Surviving the 4th Trimester

New baby at homeYou survived 9 whole months, 3 trimesters to be exact, of pregnancy. If you are anything like me, you planned until you were blue in the face and then suddenly all the planning pays off when one day the moment arrives and you finally meet your little creation. This is a day I will NEVER forget and a day that changed my life, but as I slowly came down from my adrenaline rush, I remember looking at my tiny daughter and thinking “now what”?

That’s when visions of The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp came flashing back. My husband and I had watched it a few times before our daughter arrived and we were always left feeling such awe as the credits rolled across the TV screen. To be honest, we were a bit skeptical of his 4th trimester hocus pocus talk, but as we tried out his theory, he began to be known as “the baby whisperer” around our house. Here is what we learned (and what kept us half way sane):

  • The key to keeping your newborn happy is simple. Make their new world as similar to the womb as possible.
  • Swaddle your baby tightly (of course within reason). Woombie makes a wonderful swaddle blanket for your little ones. I always get a chuckle out of my tightly wrapped burrito of a daughter.
  • Hairdryers, vacuums, and white noise machines will become your very best friends. If your tiny is anything like mine, they will LOVE the sound of…well nothing really. White noise seems to mimic the sound they heard in their watery world before making their grand entrance and to this day my 4-month old instantly calms down when I loudly “SHHHHH” in her ear. I wonder if that will work when she’s a teenager?
  • Although swings and rockers take up a lot of space in a home, I now see why they have stuck around in the baby world for so many years. Swinging and rocking is a motion your baby felt when you were pregnant while walking (or if you were the ambitious pregnant type, jogging) so it only seems natural that this motion seems familiar to them.

I am no expert and my tiny often takes me on a wild ride, but I do know that these tips worked for us.

And when all else fails, pour a glass of wine and remind yourself that tomorrow is a new day.

Caroline_Beneroso Laughing BelliesWritten By Caroline Beneroso, Mommy Blogger

I grew up in St. Petersburg, FL, studied childhood development at Florida State University and became a teacher shortly after graduating.  I have always had a love for children and I knew from a very early age that being a Mother was my ultimate dream job.

My husband and I married in November of 2010, and within a few months we were expecting our first born daughter, whose due date was ironically on our 1 year anniversary.  She decided to wait 4 days later to make her arrival and on November 24th, 2011 we had a peaceful homebirth and welcomed our tiny creation.

Ever since then my world has been turned upside down and my heart has learned to love in a way I never knew imaginable.  I started my blog, Laughing Bellies, to share this journey through motherhood with others.

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