After giving birth to Lilah I realized my life was definately never going to be the same. I had a new role as Mom, my husband as Dad, and our parents as grandparents. I think the question all new Moms ask themselves is, “How am I going to find balance for my new life.” Between feeding my new infant every 2 hours, keeping up with house duties, the overwhelming loads of laundry from the many baby blow-outs and spit-up, cooking dinner, visitors, trying to shed baby weight, and lets face it those hormones are a little off as well. Where do I find balance? As far as the first 2 weeks after birth I was in a lot of pain from recovery and luckily my husband was off work to help with Lilah and keeping things around the house in order. We also had a lot of friends and family that brought us meals so dinner was covered. But after the first 2 week rush I had to find my own routine for our new little family. I would like to give the advice sleep when the baby sleeps, but as most new moms know THAT NEVER HAPPENS! So if you can awesome! But if you are anything like me I found it hard to take a nap once I was awake. One thing I changed to help balance my new life was how many cleaning duties I did per day. I made a weekly list and set only 1 to 2 duties per day. As far as cooking I either cook very quick easy meals or ones that will give us plenty of leftovers for a couple of days. Now probably the toughest one was balancing visitors. Sometimes it really is hard to learn to say, “No I’m sorry we need a day alone.” But you have to find a happy medium between getting alone time with your spouse and baby while also letting those who love and care about your baby see her or him as well. In the beginning after the first 2 weeks we still had guests wanting to come by during the week so I made a rule that anyone who wanted to come by and see Lilah had to come the same day around the same time. Now this worked for us because we would have rather had a house full of guest at the same time as opposed to have one guest every day. Now that Lilah is 3 months it has slowed down and it’s no big deal if someone wants to pop in and see her because it just doesn’t happen as often anymore. One thing I found helpful was asking grandparents what their expectations were as their new roles. Sometimes our expectations for them as grandparents don’t match up with theirs and you need to communicate to find a balance between the both. Even though yes you are the parents and you have the ultimate shots on calling what goes on with your baby and how often people get to see them, but you also have to remember the people who want to be a part are doing it out of love and not out of trying to over step boundaries. Being able to communicate with each other will give everyone a better sense of understanding for one anothers wants and needs. Now this goes for friends coming by as well. Setting boundaries letting friends know they can’t come by every weekend is TOUGH, but limiting friends time to maybe every other weekend or once a month get together is sometimes a good way to set a balance. One thing Andy and I did was set a bed time. I put Lilah down every night at 8:30-9:00, so for us we have the understanding of leaving always by 8:30. Now as far as trying to shed baby weight, breastfeeding helped shed most of mine. I was finally cleared to work out after 10 weeks but I knew going to the gym was out of the question and jogging with the baby was not ideal. I found that yoga for me was the answer. I could do a yoga sequence for as less as 15 minutes or as long as an hour without ever having to leave the house. I found that Pinterest had tons of tutorials and also started following yoga masters on Instagram to help teach myself. Yoga has definately been my way to wind down and relax at the end of the day or prepare my mind for the start of my new day. One thing I have learned about being a Mom is that every Mom is different and everyones advice doesn’t always work for everyone. So take what can from my experience!