new mom wisdom, advice for first time moms

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With Bridget’s 1st year now in my rear view I’ve been able to sit back and think about what I learned that first year. Some where surprising even to me!

47 Things I’ve Learned About Being a New Mom

  1. No matter how many books you’ve read or parenting classes you’ve attended nothing will prepare you for parenthood
  2. You will worry a lot, here’s how I’ve learned how to handle the anxiety
  3. The mood you’re in totally affects your baby, try learning how to cope with stress, anger, anxiety
  4. Baby name regret – it’s totally real and totally ok. I was so doped up medication I would’ve named my kid Howdy Doody, but eventually the name grows with your child
  5. You might not even bond with your baby for a few days after coming home from the hospital, that is ok.
  6. Always carry an extra diaper, even if you’re just going to the store
  7. Always carry baby wipes, messes happen in the most unlikely of places
  8. And always have a snack handy for you or your little one
  9. You CAN survive on broken sleep habits and less than 8 hours of sleep a night
  10. But don’t worry, it will get better. The baby will learn to sleep through the night and you will go back to a full night’s sleep, eventually.
  11. Naps are socially acceptable when you have kids
  12. You may not have time for FWOK (friends without kids) but…
  13. You make a whole new group of friends, mommyhood is the best hood
  14. It’s ok to let your child cry it out when sleep training. You will know when they need you to step in and soothe them
  15. Traveling with a baby isn’t that terrible, just be prepared for every possibility (such as a major blow out right before your board the airplane)
  16. Don’t expect to keep your white t-shirt clean for the entire day
  17. You don’t crave going out to a bar or club as much
  18. And you’re really happy when you wake up on Sunday without a hangover
  19. You realize you love your little human so much it hurts, you love them more than yourself
  20. Kids movies – new excuse to watch them!
  21. Enjoy those snuggles, they won’t be that small forever
  22. Put your phone down and be in the moment, you won’t ever get to experience the first time they roll over or take their first step again
  23. You will do stupid things, like lock your baby in the car. Relax take a deep breath
  24. Don’t judge other mother’s decision to bottle feed or breastfeed
  25. Don’t judge other mother’s period. You don’t know what battle they’re currently fighting
  26. If other mother’s judge you be ok telling them “this is what works for me and my family”. You are your own (& best) advocate.
  27. Let your kids eat dirt, they will learn not to do that again (see my daughter’s reaction to eating dirt)
  28. Hand me downs are awesome!
  29. And so is shopping at thrift stores, kids grow so fast save your money and take a look at stores like Kid2Kid
  30. Shoes are so unnecessary when kids can’t walk yet
  31. Don’t forget to treat yourself momma, afterall “YOU CREATED A HUMAN!”
  32. Never feel guilty for taking a well deserved girl nights and letting your husband babysit
  33. Don’t be so hard on yourself when your post baby bod isn’t anything like your pre-baby bod. again, you created a human!
  34. Teething sucks, but there are things you can do to help your little human cope
  35. If someone offers to babysit, jump on it! The babysitting offers slow down as your child grows older
  36. Don’t stress the small things, like losing socks or that you haven’t showered in 3 days, mommying is hard!
  37. Don’t be afraid to call your doctor’s office when you think you’re child is sick
  38. Trust your mom intuition.
  39. It’s ok not to love every minute of motherhood.
  40. Don’t be so focused on being the perfect mother that you miss all the moments.
  41. Don’t miss “the moments”, put down your phone and live in the moment.
  42. Feed your baby naked, when they start throwing the pureed peas at least their clothing won’t be stained
  43. Create a bed time routine early on.
  44. Prioritize. Maybe Thursday isn’t always meant to be “sheets get laundered day”.
  45. Make your mom proud, teach your little one “Please” and “Thank you” from the start
  46. Kiss and hug them every day
  47. Say “I love you” every. single. day. no. matter. what.

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6 thoughts on “47 Things I’ve Learned as a New Mom”

    1. Parenting is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It is a blessing! And I love every minute of it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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