I can remember my mom telling me to slow down that first week home from the hospital with my first baby. Yes, I was getting up several times per night, but I had thing I wanted to do when my daughter was sleeping. When else was I going to get it done?
My wise mother just let me go ahead. By week two I was exhausted. Fortunately, my mom was still staying with us and helped me pick-up the pieces. I found out I needed to rest or sleep when my baby slept; the rest of the household jobs could be done by someone else or just be delayed. Not always easy to rest first, but otherwise I couldn’t function to accomplish my most important job–taking care of myself and my baby. Consider resting first.