My husband almost missed the birth of our first born due to a military work assignment. Luckily he made it home 36 hours before delivery, and we welcomed a beautiful baby girl. We have three kids now, Kailey (12), Kirby (3 with special needs) and our baby boy Keegan (2). This military spouse journey hasn’t been easy. In fact, juggling the demands of the military life and becoming a new mom can be outright intimidating at first. Adjusting to new schedules and needs may seem overwhelming. But one thing you have that many of your civilian peers may not is support and resources to make these life-altering moments easier.
“This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 1 Natural Way, a TRICARE breast pump provider. All opinions are entirely my own.”
Here are some useful tips for handling life as a new mom:
1. Utilize online shopping and home delivery: Convenience shopping is every retailer’s goal. Take advantage of home delivery grocery services if it’s available in your area. It’s a great way to save time and money. Buy important things in bulk and buy extras if your budget allows. Avoid at all costs, running out of necessities when you need them the most, especially diapers, wipes and maybe even wine.
2. Take advantage of base and military resources: Most installations have programs for new parents that include a professional team of licensed social workers, counselors and registered nurses who provide educational and supportive services to military families. They are available for free to help you and your family cope with stress, isolation, pre and post deployment, homecoming reunions, and the everyday demands of parenting in the military.
3. Stay prepped for your sanity: At around 3-5 weeks, the babies’ days and nights become a little more predictable, and you can now focus on your self-care in addition to your baby. Take advantage of naptime and shower, or catch up on e-mails, enjoy a meal alone, or take a nap too. A sanity saver that always worked for me is prepping for feedings ahead of time. For example, after a midnight feeding, get ready for the 3 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need and putting it in one central location along with a bottle of water. This way, you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night.
4. Financial Education on Baby Expenses: Expecting a baby is an exciting time for a family. Planning for the financial impact of a baby is an important part of your preparations. It’s important to learn what expenses you should plan for and how to make wise financial decisions and to know what resources are available to you. 1 Natural Way helps military moms save money by providing a free, top-rated breast pump and related supplies through your Tricare insurance. In just four simple steps, 1 Natural Way offers an easy and hassle-free way to get your breast pump. Guaranteed!
5. Get a babysitter: If you live close to family and they want to babysit your kids, that’s awesome. But as military spouses, we don’t often have the luxury of being near family when we need them the most. At some point, you will need a break from baby. Parenting is a 24/7, 365 day a year job. There’s no sick leave or paid time off, and there are no set working hours when you’re raising children. Hiring an occasional babysitter can be the difference between a nervous, mental breakdown and parental bliss. The first day you’re able to leave the house alone without baby things you will hear the choir sing. Sure it’s hard to be away, but it’s necessary and good for everyone in the home. You can use the free time to catch up on work or sleep, get a manicure or roam around Target alone. Or better yet, plan to have alone time with your partner and talk about something other than the kids. Dating is crucial to maintaining a healthy relationship. Your kids will ultimately benefit from your strong relationship.