Taking Care of Yourself
Now that you have a few weeks of motherhood under your belt and are feeling a bit more up to speed, you might want to take a few minutes to write down your memories of your baby's birth before they fade. Forget about the messy house, the extra load of laundry and the belated thank-you notes and find a special place to record your thoughts. You will enjoy going back to read this account on your baby's first day of kindergarten, his first date and when he leaves home. And who knows, your baby may even appreciate reading this journal one day.
According to researchers at the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, touch therapy can trigger many physiological changes that help infants and children grow and develop. It can aid in normal weight gain and help an infant or child to sleep well. It also lowers stress-hormone levels, which can improve immune function. Touch therapy involves gentle stroking of a child. If you are interested in massaging your baby, you might want to see if there is a course in your area or look for a book on infant massage at your local library or online at Amazon.com.