Saturday, March 28, 2015

Things I've Learned Since Becoming A Mom

When you think about the concept of being a mom it all seems to be this vision of snugly babies, cute clothes, and decorating a cute nursery. Well, most of that is true but when you get down to the nitty gritty of motherhood it is a much different concept than the initial thought you start off with. I remember this dream I had of myself being a mom and just rocking at it. Although my husband thinks that I do rock at, I sometimes question everything I do. I don't think it can be helped though.

Think about it. All of a sudden you become responsible for a human being and feel like all the experienced mothers out there are staring you down, making sure you are doing everything right. I feel like that all the time, which leads to me feeling like I'm doing everything wrong. Truth be told though, what is the "right" way? We all will learn through trial and error. We all will learn our own ways of doing things we feel comfortable with, with our own children. There really isn't anything we do that could be wrong as long as we are putting our all into making sure our children are being cared for at the best of our ability.

As mothers, we learn to put our child's needs in front of our own. Sacrifice becomes the number one word in our vocabulary. It doesn't come easily for all of us. It is a learning experience from the very first breath your baby takes when it comes into this world. There are a few things that I have come to learn since becoming a mother and I want to share them with you.

  • Being a mom means you never get enough sleep. Between the late night feedings and diaper changes to the daytime feedings and diaper changes there never seems to be enough hours in the day. There have been so many times where all the days seem to run into each other and I can never remember if something specific happened today. Or was it yesterday!?
  • Being a mom means cold meals from here on out. Even if you planned on that nice steaming bowl of pasta, you will never get to it. It seems as though every time I get food ready, sit down and start to eat my baby starts screaming and fussing for food. 
  • Being a mom means endless laundry. No matter how hard I try I never can seem to get to the point where I have all the laundry done. It just keeps coming and coming. Between massive baby spit ups and explosions out of diapers the clothes keep accumulating in that laundry basket. 
  • Being a mom means learning how to do everything you have ever done on your own, now with a baby. I have to rethink and replan everything. From my shopping trips, going to church, and dinner preparation, to taking a shower and what time I should go to bed. I can't really make a quick run to the store anymore. It now involves making sure the baby is fed, diaper changed, and making sure I have everything in the diaper bag that I need.
  • Being a mom means I understand what it was like for my mom. I understand everything she did to raise me. Sacrificing her time, her hot meals, her sleep, and giving me everything she possibly could. I have learned everything about being a mom from her. She is my example of what a mother is.
All in all, being a mom means I love every minute of my life. From the lack of sleep and cold food to the smiles and giggles I get from my little boy. I could't ask for anything else. I have a perfect life and that is the most important thing I have learned since becoming a mom.  

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Questions for YOU!
When you became a mom, was it everything you expected? Do you enjoy it? What is your favorite thing that you have learned from the experience?


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