As I joyfully and nervously await the arrival of my baby son, I am trying to gear up. Ideally, I would calm my jitters by employing a fleet of nannies 24/7, but alas, this is not the year for that!
I’m trying one tactic with friends and family, saying straight out: When the baby comes, I will need your help, please! Holding him so I can shower, keeping me company during marathon nursing, playing with Vivien. I also would love to have a food service deliver 3 meals a day and later a personal trainer to get me out of bed 3 times a week. Unfortunately, that is not a realistic 2009 plan. So, maybe I should just ask folks for a casserole and friendly walk when I can. I am starting to be more upfront about this because I do remember how hard and isolating those first 3 months can be… and how that can lead to postpartum depression.
I’m not Mama Walton, and that scares me. I know I need some help. What helped you when your baby was new?