Being a mom, life does change dramatically, I mean in so many ways. Everyone always says your life will change blah blah, but you never really believe them till you experience it. Its different for everyone but there are some things that most people can relate to. I decided to share some things I have learned so far again, I had posted one a couple months back but this is slightly different so read on and also check the last one out!
- Baby wipes are for everything: Haha, yes you know you are a parent when you use baby wipes to clean every single thing. I was laughing at my husband one Sunday in church when he pulled out our daughter’s baby wipes pack and took one to clean his glasses. I use them to clean every and anything when I can’t get to the paper towel loll. They clean makeup stains, ink stains, spills, baby bottoms and so on.
- Your living room will never look picture perfect: Someone said it perfectly, cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. So true, you clean up and it gets messy all over again and the cycle never ends.
- They own the house: Literally! I mean my daughter has like half of the house for herself, she has her room and play areas taking pretty much every space possible.
- Toys are pointless: My daughter will only play with her toys for like 5 seconds but will spend eternity playing with our laptop chargers, phone chargers, remote control, cell phone and everything she is not meant to play with.
- They have colds that last forever: I used to be concerned about her cold but I have learned it seems to always be there especially during winter, so now I don’t fuss too much over it unless she is stuffed up.
- God bless Target: I can count how many times I went to target before becoming a mom, probably once a year but now…… I dream of going there, some days I just go to look around and feed my eyes. Its never busy, I love the red plastic carts and strolling around looking at every nice and cute thing especially the office supplies section.
- Never think you have got this: Just when you think “I have this covered” with their sleep schedule most especially, they spring a new one on you. Suddenly they are waking up at odd times and not sleeping through the night anymore. My daughter is in a phase now where she would not eat any solid food for no good reason. She used to be the best eater and I bragged about it to everyone that cared to listen. Then suddenly she clocked one year and it all went out the window. She would not eat finger foods or pureed foods except graham crackers, yogurt melts, golden morn and her yogurt.
- Function supersedes style: I hardly carry a handbag to occasions now unless I have my husband or want to feel extra fancy. I remember my first doctor appointments alone, I had my handbag then her diaper bag and had to carry her in the car seat. No one had to tell me that I clearly was not prepared, I was struggling to balance everything. I quickly learned that I had to be as minimal as possible which meant if I didn’t need my handbag then I should drop it. Now, I just put my purse and anything I need inside her diaper bag.
- Everything will happen at the right time: Well most things, for instance, I was worried when it was time to add solid foods to her diet, I researched everything possible and then I worried about switching her to whole milk, how I will get her to sleep through the night, which she still does not do by the way. But yes, everything has its time and season and will work out eventually, maybe not when you would like it to, though.
- Cuddle away: I made sure I got all the cuddles I could get, although I wish I got some more when she was a newborn. You always hear people say don’t hold them too much so they don’t get too attached blah blah, all sounds like great advice, but really they won’t be babies forever right? so why are we always in a hurry to make them grow up? why are we in a hurry to make them independent. That was one advice I nearly wanted to punch anyone that gave it to me (sorry lol). My daughter loved sleeping on our chests and we let her, guess what she won’t even sit still now to sleep on our chests, she outgrew it which is the case with most things.
- Silence is not golden: Yep when you have a toddler, its not golden. The moment there is a sudden silence, you can best believe they are up to no good. Don’t believe me, watch them next time they are suddenly quiet.
- Sleep is overrated: Arghh can’t remember when last I step like 6-7 hours straight lol, must feel nice. Well except for when my mother-in-law is around then i am in heaven. She wakes up like twice in the middle of the night.
- Tired is the word of the year: Some days I really can’t decide if I need a bucket of coffee, a week of sleep or just a hug.
- Can I get some privacy here? This is so hilarious, my daughter is literally my shadow, she follows me everywhere like I’m the best thing since sliced bread. Even to the bathroom, she wants to hang out with me, and I’m like can I get some privacy in here????
- Hide and seek: You think you have played hide and seek? not till you play it with their bottle nipples and covers? Like seriously, do those things have legs that we cannot see? I feel like they go missing all the time!
- Learn new Songs: You learn the silliest songs so you can sing and dance to make them laugh. Plus its an excuse to bring out the childish side of you that you have been hiding but now you have the excuse of entertaining them.
- Outgrowing Clothes: You cry when they outgrow their clothes and remember when they used to fit into them. I remember her newborn clothes
- Missing her: I find myself wanting her to go to bed and then when she does I miss her and a part of me wants her to wake up so I can run around and hear her giggle and play.
- Finally: you do not really care what anyone else thinks because this little human means the world to you and your hubby and raising this little human looks up to you now.
Well that’s all for now, what are some lessons you have learned so far?
That being said, I would be starting a monthly series of my mommy successes and fails. I will share them at the end of each month so feel free to holla or tag me on Instagram if you have any @christsoldiergirlfitness
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