The baby needs a lot of care and your objective is to be a successful parent rather than a good one. Strive for perfection and you will have to give the process a lot of forethought when you begin.
There will be many people who will advise you on what needs to be done and how would it best be successful. You must make your own decision in this case and look up on all the information that you can about good parenting for a newborn.
You as a child who now is an adult would have gauged on how you would want to parent the child and you must then decide how to go about doing it. This is a subject that must be discussed in detail with your spouse before you make a decision. After all both of them will have a role to play.
Under the normal circumstances the days that would follow would have been normal. However with a new born in the family, you will be responsible for it twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. Be prepared to work anytime any where. This can take a toll on you as the new mother where you will be physically and mentally exhausted.
Dealing with children needs an interpersonal skill that requires immense patience and a calm attitude to deal with everything including interactions with others. There will be times when stress will get you. First of all, learn to identify the signs. There will be physical signs like a stomach ache, hand shaking or you being generally fidgety.
There might be other signs for your stress; the bottom line being identification and ensuring that this in no way affects your child. Take some time out under the given circumstances. Go for a walk, read, listen to music for a while and then get back into the parenting mode. When you feel stressed, do not eat, or drink coffee, as they tend to induce negative reactions.
As a new parent, understand your role and share responsibilities with your spouse. Rotate the work schedule so that there be times when you get more time for yourself.