13 things I've learned in my first year of motherhood
I seriously cannot believe my son is already one! Said every mother who ever lived... But seriously, It seems like yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital, brand new parents, wondering what the heck we got ourselves into. Now we have a walking, talking (well a few words) little boy who is as sweet as can be and lights up our lives in more ways than we could have ever imagined! I wanted to share a few thing I've learned in the 12 months I've been a mama.
Being a mama is the is the best thing you'll ever do! I always knew I loved babies and wanted a couple of my own, and everyone told me I would love them more than anything but it's just not something you can fathom until you become a parent yourself.
To "Sleep when baby sleeps" is a sham! By the time you actually fall asleep, you are waking up to a crying baby minutes later. I started to give up on that notion and just rest while baby slept.
Nursing in public is scary at first. Being a first time mom this was something I had to get used to. When Eden was young he wouldn't latch on as easily which made it difficult while having my nursing cover in the way. As time when on it got more and more comfortable and now I'm a pro. I can nurse while standing, walking, even skiing!... Okay, okay, maybe not skiing but you get the idea.
You'll worry a lot. I remember being in the hospital not wanting to sleep for those first few hours (not that the nurses would let me if I tried) because my little guy was so quiet, I couldn't tell if he was breathing or not, but then I realized, with my husbands persuasion, that he was perfectly fine. You'll worry if he's eating enough, or not napping enough, etc. but most likely your little babe is just fine.
Cuticle cutters are amazing for cutting baby nails. When I first tried regular baby nail clippers, I couldn't see what I was doing and I nipped my little guys finger. I felt awful! I haven't had that problem since using these!
By your fourth month of being pregnant I'm sure you've heard it a million times but let me reiterate... Time flies! Cherish every moment, hold your baby a little longer while they sleep, and stare at them for hours, you can't get that time back.
In my opinion, the first few months are the easiest... Baby sleeps so much that you are able to keep the house clean, cook, relax. Once your baby starts becoming more mobile things get harder. They're awake more in the day and in my case the house gets messier and messier and I often forget to throw my crockpot meals in the crockpot. Thank goodness for take out!
Babies always need something in their hands to cooperate with diaper changes. At least with my little guy.
Not every birth is traumatic. I actually enjoyed my birthing experience. You can read about it here.
Sometimes you'll want to cry and its okay.
Bumps and bruises happen and the older they get the less you'll know how and when it happened.
Every baby has something, whether they hate diaper changes, carseats, or being put down to sleep, every baby has something and you're not doing anything wrong.
It takes twice as long to do anything with a baby. I used to be 15 minutes early for everything, now I'm usually 5-10 minutes late.
Is there anything I've missed that you didn't know before you became a mother? I'd love to hear in the comments below!