The Importance of a Support System
Adjusting to changes in our lives can be fearful at times, but it is needful. The most important thing I learned during the postpartum period was the necessity of having help. After we took our newborn home, my husband was both my coach and our caretaker. He took on the brunt of the house work and cared for our son as I rested. Once I recovered, we became tag-team parents that helped, supported and encouraged each other as we took turns taking care of our son and ourselves. Although we had support from family members and friends at times, for the most part, it was just the two of us and our little angel. As the months of that first year past, we got more equipped and more adjusted to life with a baby. By our son’s first birthday, we could trace our growth and development as new parents, and how far we had advanced. It was both empowering and exciting.
Adding new members to any family is a huge adjustment. Having at least one person to help you cope with your new child truly aids in your happiness, health and sanity. I know it did for me.