When a newborn is going to join your family, there are a lot of unknowns. I always knew this, but only since having been pregnant, really felt this. Finding out we were due to have a baby in the dead of winter got me even more anxious about my baby meeting new people than I originally thought.
Taking back control
Pregnancy in general has felt like a very out of control process for me. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, but my tendency to avoid unknowns has been tested. One thing I have decided I can control is the people that come into my home and the rules for keeping my newborn safe through the winter.
This baby is already so loved. I can’t wait for him to meet everyone who is so excited for him to join the world. Unfortunately though, it is RSV season, which means I needed to set some limits. This is our first baby and we have literally no idea what we are getting into. I asked around for advice to calm an anxious new mommy’s nerves. This is a list I put together of “rules” for coming to meet our newborn.
This took me a shockingly long time to put together. I didn’t want to feel like I was coming off as crazy. I also didn’t want to have to repeat myself with every new visitor. So, I decided a simple set of rules on the door was the best solution.
As you can see in one of these pictures I also had a few things by the door to give people a signal of what I hoped they would do. I had hand sanitizer as well some face masks. My mom also found this awesome soap dispenser that is more sanitary than a normal soap dispenser.
I’m sure people have other things they’d add to this list or perhaps even remove some things they don’t find as anxiety provoking as I do. This is something I’ve been learning through pregnancy; every mom has her own fears! Hopefully a few of you can relate and maybe some new moms can find this useful, or at least make you think of some of your own rules you’d like to set.