If you know a new parent don’t take it personally if they don’t get back to you, take ages to acknowledge gifts, seem out of sorts when you see them or leave a party without saying goodbye. These new parents do not mean to hurt or offend you. There is so much going on in their lives behind the scenes that you will not likely see or know about unless you have been through it yourself.
Consider how you would feel of your body had been through childbirth followed by weeks of sleeping no more than an hour or two and adjusting to being a milk machine that operates 24/7. Oh not to mention the responsibility of caring for a newborn. Personally I’ve been in excruciating pain on and off on top of all of this for the last 6 weeks and it’s been the most challenging period of my life so far.
I’m amazed by how much judgement I’ve felt from others when I fail to meet the standards they seem to have set for me. The fact that it hurts shows me how much I’ve judged myself and others against impossible standards. I’m learning a lot.
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