Having a new-born is one of the most rewarding life events. It is a time filled with joy, love and laughter as we welcome our little one to the world. But it’s fair to say it’s not easy. With it comes pain, hormones, anxiety and many sleepless nights. In fact, 71% of mothers said that lack of sleep is the hardest part. So when you’re sleep deprived, in pain, and devoting all your waking moments to the baby, your relationship can be put at the bottom of the priority list.
But it’s important to devote time and attention to one another at a time when you need love and support the most. Here, we explore some ideas that will allow you to spend some quality time together.
Enjoy a Romantic Meal
Simply sitting down together and sharing some food can be a perfect way to reconnect. You don’t need to book a babysitter and go to a fancy restaurant, it can be done from the comfort of your home while the baby is sleeping. If you’re exhausted, why not order from your favourite takeaway? Make sure this is a completely screen-free time so you can have a proper chat. No phones, tv’s or tablets. It is possible, we promise!
Show Them You Care with a Simple Gesture
It’s often the little things that matter most. Simply making your other half breakfast in bed one morning can show them that you care. Or if you know they’re tired from a sleepless night with your little one, do some household chores that you know they won’t have the energy to complete. Whether it’s a grand gesture like the perfect proposal or simply a cup of tea, it’s the thought that counts!
Take a Break Together
If you can’t remember the last time you set foot out of the house, embrace the great outdoors with your loved one. You don’t have to go far! If you are looking after the baby and you have a garden, set up a blanket on the lawn in the evening and do some stargazing (again, no phones allowed!). Or if you’re baby is hard to settle and you want to get some exercise, take the little one out for a stroll in the pram and ask your partner to come out with you. It will give you some time together as a family and the fresh air will work wonders.
Really, it doesn’t matter which of these you decide to do, as long as you do it together. Giving your partner attention and truly listening to them can be hard when you have a new member of the family. But it is really important that you are still communicating and showing each other you care.
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