Goal: 40 days to heal and bond with out the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning or having to leave the house.
Reality: Neil is lucky enough to work for a company that provides 8 weeks of paternity leave that can be used in the first year of babies life. At this time we are looking at him taking 3-4 weeks so that being said 40 days automatically gets cut to 21-28 days. He will take the remainder of his leave a different point in the next year.
In addition to 40 days not being realistic for us we also already have two children and life does not pause for a new baby. While I am hoping to spend at least the first week completely horizontal, eating nourishing foods and nursing a new babe I know that might not be completely possible for the entirety of Neil’s paternity leave.
Also Edith is turning five in two weeks so baby and I will be leaving the house to get out and celebrate her special day. This is a non-negotiable (unless my midwife says differently).
- Be Flexible.
- Spend as much of the 2-3 weeks as I can relaxing, healing and bonding.
- Prep as many meals as I can before this babe arrives (this has successfully been accomplished and our teeny freezer is filled to the brim).
- Create a meal plan with easy to prepare recipes for Neil and kids.
- Utilize meal services such as Splendid Spoon, Green Chef, and Terra’s Kitchen.
- Avoid food delivery ($$$$)
- Take advantage of help when it is offered.
- Keep outings for me and the baby to a minimum.
What has your postpartum experience been like or what are your plans? Any tips?