What do you most remember about those first few days of becoming a mother?
I remember the most delicious cold cup of tea and toast that I've ever had in my life. Relief that labour was over. Large folds of post-baby tummy in a red bath. And then the confusion. The exhaustion, and the loss of identity.
The love, yes. But also the self criticism and an often overwhelming sense of failure.
I wish someone had been able to tell me then what a great mum I could and would become.
Our activity this month is about looking back at those early mama moments and remembering how it felt...
And then thinking of the words you wished you had heard (and believed) about yourself in those early days - what would you tell yourself now that you didn't know then?
Create an honest, inspiring, exhausted and beautiful New Mama Mantra to share with other mums who might need those words, right now.
Make together at our next #somum Make Date!
We'll be getting together to make our New Mama Mantras and share new mama wisdom at our next #somum Make Date on twitter on Weds 9 April from 8.30 - 10pm GMT (find world times here). We have some fantastic prizes for you!
The lovely Catherine Redfern is giving us TWO copies of her amazing New Mama Welcome Pack.
The pack is the perfect gift for a new mum - it's stuffed with hand-picked digital goodies designed to inspire and support.
Contributions are drawn from over 60 amazing women, and delivered over those first 3 challenging wonderful months of motherhood.
Exactly when a new mama most needs the love.
(The pack also features Pippa, complete with unbrushed hair and teeth - to convincingly recreate those early days - and many current days If I'm completely honest...).
And a very special Mamas' Reward Chart, encouraging new mamas to celebrate all those little successes that can so easily get overshadowed by the bigger challenges.
PS if you buy a pack using this link, we get a contribution to support Story of Mum too. Thank you :)
The book tells the story of Sarah's experiences as a trainee nurse in Hackney in the 1970s, including lots of work on the infants' ward supporting new mamas...
Find all the competition rules below.
Root out a photo, and take a good look at that new mother. What does she need to hear?
Come play with us on twitter on Wednesday 9 April. We'll choose winners of the 3 books, and the first New Mama Welcome Pack at the end of the Make Date, selected randomly from everyone adding #somum to their tweets.
Even more new mama inspiration...
And for even more support and inspiration, check out the New Mama Welcome Pack Blog Hop - you can find my post here, and a link to all the other fabulous posts at the bottom of that. Read and feel better!
Other twitter competition rules
Other rules for uploading your New Mama Mantra picture