My husband and I just had our first baby and are overwhelmed with caring for her. Breastfeeding issues and her needing to be comforted by me have led to me holding her 24/7. On any given day, I am lucky if I get my teeth brushed, get dressed or get to eat meals.
My mother-in-law is understandably excited about the baby and regularly e-mails asking about the baby. We are too busy to respond (these few minutes I am taking to post are rare, baby finally fell asleep in my lap, but I dare not move baby!) and so she has started to call and is always trying to Skype which is not preferable since I am costantly indisposed due to nursing.
I am overwhelmed. I don't want to talk. I don't have the energy to talk. There are a million things that I NEED to do and can't because I can't put the baby down without it freaking out.
My mother-in-law seemed irritated in her last voicemail. Perhaps she doesn't understand how busy I am with all my breastfeeding issues. She didn't breastfeed, so maybe it was different for her... I don't know.
I am getting annoyed and then feeling guilty because of it. But I wonder why won't people give me some space to care for my baby? I am doing the best I can! I haven't even gotten to the point of being able to enjoy my baby. How can I be expected to make that happen for others?
Does anyone have any advice or thoughts? I've tried having my husband deal with her, but she still contacts me since my husband isn't very informative by nature. So, that idea isn't working.