new baby

So, let's presume another new baby is joining your ranks. How best can you approach the first few months to help you and the rest of your family have as smooth a time as possible? Even with all the people around Catherine, no-one is entirely immune from the whirlwind that is early family-life so, your Royal Highness, this is for you as well.
Almost every parent goes through bouts of not feeling like they are a good parent. Almost every parent questions their own gut instincts at times. Almost every parent feels as if they should be doing better, waking up earlier, feeding their child healthier, being more encouraging.
It's easier said than done. As simple as it sounds, not everybody finds it possible to relax. Chores that still need doing or the murmuring coming from your child's bedroom as they sleep, can be stressful. There are many ways you can learn to relax!
You may have heard the phrase, "having a baby won't fix your marriage/relationship" - and quite rightly so. In some cases, bringing new life into the world may make the bond between you and your partner stronger in the long run, but first you have to get through the challenges that come with a new baby!
I look back now at photos of my younger mum self (not just that hilarious post-birth picture) and, beneath the love and contentment, I can still feel how green I was. How unsure I was. I remember that first night at home with her like it was yesterday. 'What on earth do we do with her? Can we put her down, do you think?'.
Having a mental illness does not make you less or a parent, and it doesn't mean you are wrong. It might mean that you need a little extra support, a little more time, or treatment - but it's an illness. And one for which recovery is possible. Please speak to someone if you feel the same. Please don't hide. You are not alone.
A new baby is something really special, they smell gorgeous, are tiny and cute and they completely overhaul your lives for a while. It takes some to time to adjust to a new baby in your home, as you get to know them and they get to know you.
And so far, so good, as far as sibling relationships go. But it is tricky terrain, preparing your toddler for a new baby. Particularly the first time around, when they are used to a life of undivided attention, and the new arrival will likely change the status quo pretty drastically for now and evermore.
We picked a bit of an inconvenient time to move internationally to a location with no support network. If you haven't made this kind of ludicrously-timed decision then you should let family and friends help when they offer. With the toddler or with the newborn or just for a bit of company along the way.
The other day I found a diary that I barely remember writing. It's full of entries to my first-born documenting our first year together. It's going to be serialised. Oh, hang on a minute, no it's not... because it's the DULLEST READ EVER. Full of crazy s**t I did and how much I loved her.