Becoming a mother is by far my greatest accomplishment thus far.
In these past 4 months, it has taught me the true meaning of love, tested my patience, and made me realize that things I thought were important in my pre baby life have nothing on this new journey called motherhood.
I would be lying however, if I told you it was perfect, that it was rainbows and butterflies everyday. The majority of the time it is, and I have spent more hours than I can count staring at my creation in utter amazement, but there have also been times when I have thought “what did I get myself into” and for those moments I remind myself of these 5 things:
- Take EVERYTHING with a grain of salt. From the moment you learn you are pregnant, people feel the need to give you their advice. Sometimes it is just what you needed to hear, and other times it has you wishing you never heard it. When earplugs aren’t appropriate, remember this: Advice can be great, wonderful, terrific opinions…but it’s just that, opinions of others. It worked for them but that does NOT mean it will always work for you.
- Stop comparing your baby to others. It can be hard, OK I admit, really hard, but I have learned that it does nothing but set up expectations that may or may not be met. Your little one is unique and when they are ready, they will roll over, get teeth, crawl, and the list goes on and on. I’m not saying to ignore your mama instincts, because let’s face it, no matter how non maternal you think you may be, nature has a way of letting us mama’s know when to worry and when to relax. If you think there is a real problem, of course seeking professional help is a good idea but usually it’s a matter of our Mother ego getting in the way.
- You WILL make it through. Repeat it with me…”You will make it through.” Thinking back to those early days when sleeping in 2 hour intervals turned into my normal, there were days when I thought I wasn’t going to make it. Luckily I did make it and I am here to tell you that you can too. For me, what got me through was taking one day/hour at a time and a lot of support from family and friends.
- Clichés are real. Like it or not the sayings you have heard your entire life are true. They grow up so fast, enjoy every moment, one day you’ll see, sleep while you can. True, true, true and true.
- Never lose your humor. I am proud to say, laughter is the only thing that has gotten me through moments. You will smell like spit up. Days will pass when you don’t shower, brush your teeth or get out of your pajamas. You will do more laundry than you ever thought imaginable.
When it all feels like too much, remember to stop, breath and laugh. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Your baby doesn’t care and neither should you.
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I grew up in St. Petersburg, FL, studied childhood development at Florida State University and became a teacher shortly after graduating. I have always had a love for children and I knew from a very early age that being a Mother was my ultimate dream job.
My husband and I married in November of 2010, and within a few months we were expecting our first born daughter, whose due date was ironically on our 1 year anniversary. She decided to wait 4 days later to make her arrival and on November 24th, 2011 we had a peaceful homebirth and welcomed our tiny creation.
Ever since then my world has been turned upside down and my heart has learned to love in a way I never knew imaginable. I started my blog, Laughing Bellies, to share this journey through motherhood with others.
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