Every year, I put together this Baby Guide, and every year when I sit down to write this note, the same topic comes to mind as the most important: Get support!
Having a good support network was vital to me when I had my daughter. As self-sufficient and independent as I like to think I am, there was never a time in my life I?felt I needed more help than in that first glorious and exciting and challenging year of her life.
I turned to many people and places for guidance and reassurance. First, a good pediatrician is worth his or her weight in gold. The best way to find one? Ask everyone you know! No doctor is perfect, and all parents have their own opinions, so really listen to what people say and then schedule an appointment to meet the doctor before the baby is born if possible, to make sure you're on the same page.
Your friends with kids will be invaluable to you as you take this journey. Don't hesitate to call or text for advice - they've all been there. They might not have the answers, but they'll understand your need to vent and they may be able to point you toward resources you didn't realize were there.
Social media is another great place to find support, and it's available 24/7. But don't underestimate the power of face-to-face meetings. Carve out at least one time a month to get together with other moms in person. That's when you discover you are not alone, and that, really and truly, you're doing a great job!