47 Things I’ve Learned as a New Mom

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

No matter how many books you’ve read or parenting classes you’ve attended nothing will prepare you for parenthood
You will worry a lot, here’s how I’ve learned how to handle the anxiety
The mood you’re in totally affects your baby, try learning how to cope with stress, anger, anxiety

Bridget turns ONE

We celebrated Bridget’s first birthday in June and it was such a great time! I initially didn’t want to do anything major for her because she wouldn’t remember it and it seemed silly to spend so much money….however, last minute I decided to ask my mom for help. I wanted a low key BBQ to celebrate, but I should’ve known that nothing with my mom is ever low key, it’s just not her style.

My mom cooked up a storm, we had a few family and friends come over to celebrate and Bridget (and me) were surprised with a pineapple piñata! Bridget really enjoyed smacking the heck out of it, it’s definitely a tradition that we will continue.

Number One Baby Shower Gift You Need to Give

If you’re my friend and pregnant (or will be soon) I’m sorry in advance to ruin the surprise because I’m going to tell you exactly what you’ll be getting from me.

I generally don’t advise straying from a registry because people tend to put the things they need on them, however, first time moms (and I say this with full confidence because I registered for a variety of unnecessary items) tend to not know what in the heck they really NEED.

I was gifted our Leachco Podster and in all honesty I thought I wouldn’t use it but it ended up being a Godsend.

Tears, snot and ear infections // following mom intuition

for her, this is only her second cold, which for an almost 1 year old is pretty dang good! She’s got my great immune system . Read here for more tips on effective cold remedies.

She woke up yesterday congested and with lots of snot coming out of her little nose.
When I got home from work I noticed that her ear had some brown drainage, I’m lucky enough that I can reach out to my nurse friends when I have any medical questions.