When I was pregnant with my second, I wanted to recreate some of the wise care that I received from an exceptional doula during my first postpartum window. I expended all of my nesting energy learning, experimenting with recipes, and gathering supplies.
Later while acclimating to life with two and working full time (too soon), I devoted my little free time to making gifts with my self-tested postpartum supplies for expectant friends and family - and using the remaining teas, baths & snacks myself. I didn't realize until recently that I was overwhelmed and exhausted at the time. Slowing down for periodic soaks, snacks, and sips of what is now the core line of Doulala products buoyed me through the first years with two. I received rave reviews from friends and family too.
Now we're mostly sleeping through the night and I'm sharing my simple slow-down message and supplies in the hopes that you and your supporters will choose to invest in your physical and mental well-being during this precious time.
You can always benefit from slowing down and restoring, whether you're 2 minutes or 2 years post birth. Above all, take care of you! Happily, this is also taking care of baby, family, and community.
Hugggg, you are doing it, Jen-ai