I had my son, who is now 3, in early November. He was barely a month old during Thanksgiving, and not quite two months old when Christmas came around. I was definitely exhausted through the majority of those months.
The family and friend visits felt never ending, and it was almost awkward trying to handle being a new mom and also participate in holiday festivities. If you have a newborn baby during this time, don’t fret, here are a few tips on how to handle your new born and enjoy all of the holidays:
1. Be on the same page as your partner as far as what you are going to do to celebrate. Maybe you decide to stay at home during Thanksgiving, and visit the family during Christmas? Maybe you decide to finally get a babysitter during New Years? Either way, discuss and collaborate about what you’d like to do.
2. Don’t fret about gifts. Everyone is going to get your newborn baby gifts, I can almost guarantee it. Also you are new parents, and raising a child is insanely expensive, so don’t feel like you have to be extravagant with your gifts to the family.
3. Don’t feel obligated to go through with plans. You are running off of basically no sleep. You are not a normal functioning human as a new parent. Please, don’t feel afraid to say no to your friends and family. Babies are the best excuse you could ever create.