Bringing home a new baby is one of life's greatest (albeit scariest) milestones. After the initial feelings of euphoria (or terror) start to wear off and the throng of visitors begins to dwindle, you'll be able to establish and settle into your new maternity leave routine. When my first baby was born, our routine was pleasantly simple and, because she was born in Spring, included lots of time outdoors. My twins, on the other hand, arrived just 10 days before Christmas, and oh my god - being on a Winter maternity leave was a special kind of torture.
We live in the Northeast, where frigid temperatures and icy roads are the norm for a solid three months and every flu season seems to be worse than the last. So while I didn't expect to be the kind of mom who holed up with a newborn, I wasn't taking any chances. It only took about two weeks before cabin fever hit - and it hit hard - which made it feel like the longest Winter ever. But luckily, I had the following five things to get me through my hibernation.