I love being a mom. That's it. I love it. I prayed for these very moments. But, it's hard. Being a mom is hard, it's trying, and stressful. And sometimes you feel like you are never going to figure it out -but you will it just takes time. Here are a few tips that I like to call The Formula for Happiness™, they are tips that have helped me through rough times, and tips that I really like to live by.
Get out of the house - Your house is a wreck you say? You're not dressed for it you say? Who cares! Get out of the house, enjoy some fresh air and some interaction with another human that isn't crying. I love my little Hazel to pieces, but in those first few months it was so nice to be able to put her in the car seat and just walk the mall or walk around the neighborhood -she was born in January mind you so it was nice and cool outside.
Find some me time - Day and night you are caring for this beautiful baby, and they are totally reliant on you. When they are napping find some time for yourself, sit down and watch your favorite show or make your self your favorite snack, do something for you. It's so important to not burn yourself out too quickly, because if you aren't taking care of yourself you wont be able to take very good care of your baby.
If you need help ask - You don't need to do it on your own, I called my mom so many times just to see if she could come over and watch Hazel so I could take a nap, or if she could come over and hold her so I could get something done -Hazel has always liked to be held. And the thing is, who doesn't want to hold a brand new baby, people are so willing to help you just need to be willing to ask.
Get some sleep - This is at the top of my formula for happiness list. Sleep is so important, it makes you happy, it makes you healthy, and it refreshes your mind. Make sure you are getting enough sleep!