Life on the maternity ward has definitely changed since Facebook. Ever notice how you can spend hours on FB and look up and it’s midnight? That same bliss is ever-useful to distract you from contractions too. Since you’re about to be a new Mom (or Dad) and you’ll probably be in radio silence for at least a couple days to six months, Zuckerberg has perfect timing.
So before the big “ahhhh” moment, here are some things you Facebook addicts might want to do:
1. Expand your network- make sure all your friends, family and anyone who might miss you over the next few years know you are about to be sucked into parenthood. Getting them all on Facebook makes maintaining all these relationships easy. This also means your parents, uncles, aunts and people who claim, “Oh I’m too old for that”. Lure them with baby pictures to be posted on FB only! You’re about to go into a new-baby cocoon where you barely have time to eat and shower- if they want to hear from you they need to get on board with Facebook.
2. Send last minute status updates so everyone knows where you are and when this is likely to go down. Important: Be sure to let everyone know that your hubby will call them or send a status update when it’s a good time to visit. I recommend you mention you will ‘schedule visits’. It’s pretty hard to be a new mom, get used to nursing, doctor/nurse visits and juggle 3 sets of relatives in a small hospital room when baby is fussy. Use a schedule to set time with visitors and give yourself blocks of time for naps and rest.
3. Download Facebook to your smartphone. That way when your darling baby is born you can upload their picture straight to FB for all your family and friends to see. No mess, no fuss. Having FB on your phone will also be great as you’re walking the halls of the delivery floor trying to get through early contractions. Remember that distraction breathing exercise from birthing class? Viewing your friend’s adorable baby photos from their albums might just do the same thing.
4. Have all your friends suggest a calming song to add to your birthing playlist.
5. And last, don’t second guess the baby names you have picked out. But if you’ve procrastinated or changed your minds, check out the GoodToKnow Baby Names Generator or Baby Names Finder from PajamaBaby.com.
Good luck Mom and Dad!