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Having a newborn can sort of turn into a Catch-22. You love the little thing, but even when two parents are on it, or even when you have a nanny, it can be incredibly draining on your energy and ability to think clearly. Movies make it seem like having a baby is the happy ending of a young life of hoping to get to that point with the prospective life partner, but once the baby comes, things can be harder than imagined. With a fragile little being needing 24/7 care (you can't just put him in a crate like you did with Toby for example), you may find yourself a little out of your mind after weeks of sleep-deprived diaper changing, feeding, burping, cleaning, laundry, and walks to get the little guy to go to sleep for a while.
Every parent has that moment when they think “Am I a bad parent for not loving taking care of him right now? Am I bad for wanting a vacation from all this?” The answer is no. You most definitely are not. A balanced life requires plenty of rest and 'me-time,' and during this period you don't get much of either, so of course you will be craving it more than ever. Here are some ways to make sure you are rested and centered enough to keep the love flowing for the munchkin.