Now that Aiden is nearing 13 whole months of life, I find myself thinking “this time a year ago” and comparing the difference between the two times.
I can’t believe my eyes when I presently watch my little man and all he has done in the past 13 months. I also feel almost as exhausted as I did a year ago and that’s a little disheartening, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as David can now put Aiden to sleep – a new development in the past couple of weeks.
Anyways, I thought I would be fun to acknowledge how much I’ve learned about babies, myself, our marriage and life in general thus far.
What I Learned Throughout My First Year As A Mother
1. Be present
2. Comparison steals your joy
3. Your instinct is better than an “expert’s” any day. Don’t ever ignore it.
4. The days are long but the months are short
5. There is nothing sweeter than a baby’s belly laugh
6. White isn’t a color that should be near a baby – not in towels, shirts, walls, bedding, etc.
7. Model the behavior you want for your child
8. Babies don’t know about sugar – they think teething biscuits are cookies – keep it that way.
9. A child’s innocence is sacred
10. Patience really is the virtue
11. A child-parent bond is the definition of unconditional love
12. Mom friends are irreplaceable
13. Communication is the key to making a marriage work – we have been to the “drawing” board hundreds of times in the past 13 months to make our lives work for both of us
14. Tell your spouse how appreciative you are of their efforts
15. A clean house is forever gone
16. You will make mistakes and that’s okay – love trumps all
17. Learn to let go – this is my biggest trial lately
18. Nearly everything will wait until the next day
19. Time is a commodity you can never get back – cherish it like that
20. Nursing is the cure all
21. Four straight hours of sleep with some other broken up hours of sleep is now a goal worth striving for
22. Word recall is difficult when you’re sleep deprived
23. Learn to go with the flow – plans never happen accordingly
24. Being 20 minutes late is now on time and acceptable in the mom world
25. There’s always wine at the end of the day
I’ll be back tomorrow with the remaining 25 things I learned!
What did I miss – What was the most valuable lesson you learned from being a mother?
What do I have to look forward to in toddlerhood and beyond?