Whatever you call yourself, be respectful.
We know you've waited a long time to see your brand new
But the thing is, having a baby is hard work!
Not just the birthing process, but actually keeping a baby alive.
New parents have a lot on their plates and while the word "guest" kind of implies they should be catering to you, this isn't that time.
Want to be an amazing guest after someone has a baby?
Don't expect to sit and hold the baby.
(Although this may happen, don't expect it)
Wash some dishes.
Wipe down the counters.
Bring a meal or three.
Clean the toilet.
Do a load of laundry.
Talk about things other than the baby.
Don't push coming over, be patient.
Offer to watch older kids for a bit.
Gift a movie.
Change the bed sheets.
Don't over stay.
Gift postpartum doula support.
While there are so many variables involved in being a guest after someone has a baby, the biggest thing to remember is to be respectful, think about how the new parents might need or want support.
You are loved and welcomed
and your support is greatly appreciated!
Jessica Anne Dill