1 // Breastfeeding is both amazing and exhausting. It starts off hard and exhausting, then it gets better, and goes back to being hard. It feels amazing to be connecting in such a personal way, but it also feels isolating. You will set goals- make it to 6 months, a year…then a year comes and you feel guilty for wanting to wean, then 17 months comes and you have no idea if you should stop or let her wean naturally. Its a roller coaster of mixed emotions.
2 // Mom guilt is 100% real. Oh you wanted to go to Target alone? Go for it, but while you are there you will feel guilty about spending time away from them, even though you know that’s crazy! You get home from work and want to do the dishes and finish the laundry, but then you feel bad that after being at work all day you should be on the floor playing with them, but the messy house also feels stressful. How do you choose?!
3 // All those toys…a waste. Keep it simple. The most loved toys are cardboard boxes, playing cards, empty containers, and blocks. Those flashy light up toys are one and done. Get rid of the clutter, keep it simple. Who cares what Instagram is telling you to buy for them.
4 // You will do things you never said you would. Remember that time you said they wouldn’t have screen time until they were three? Or when you made a plan to take them to music class every week? Sometimes you need a break and TV gets used as a tool in that moment, and sometimes sleeping in on a Saturday is what needs to be done over music class. You do you mama.
5 // You will sleep less than you ever imagined but you will still some how muster up energy to make it through each day. You will be told all about sleep training, all about the best swaddles, the best crib mattresses, the best sound machines. Guys, sometimes babies just don’t sleep. They will learn eventually but sometimes it takes a while and sometimes no amount of crying it out will get them there quicker. You will learn to function on less, remember the years fly by.
6 // It’s true. The days are long but man are the years short. One day you will be snuggling your little babe, excited about all the milestones to come like feeding them solids, crawling and taking their first steps. Then you will look up one day and think about how you can’t even remember the days they didn’t walk.
7 // You will want to murder your significant other at some point. At some point your partner will roll over and say those two dreaded words “I’m tired” and you will want to tackle them. How dare they say they are tired when you were the one up 4 times last night. Take a breath mama and don’t react too quick, this parenthood life is hard for them too.
8 // You will be able to read books without looking at the pages for the words. Duck and Goose get a Pumpkin was never something I thought I would have memorized, but sure enough they find favorites and those favorites get read on repeat.
9 // You will fight against routine, you will want to go with the flow, but eventually you realize nothing is as important as nap time. Nap time becomes this sacred block of time in the middle of the day where you debate to clean the house as fast as possible before they wake up, nap with them, or do something for yourself. If nap time doesn’t happen- crankiness ensues from you and them.
10 // You will talk about poop, boogers, and feeding your child more than you EVER imagined. What color is it? What texture? How much? GUYS so many questions about poop and boogers, I never thought this would be a regular topic of conversation.