It’s hard to believe that it was 5 months ago this weekend that I welcomed my daughter Mishka into the world. I still remember her tiny hands reaching out for mine. It was an experience I’ll never forget.This weekend I was thinking about the things I have learned in these past 5 months. I decided to put together a little list. Here is what I found:
- You can survive off a lot less sleep than you think (those all-nighters in college were nothing).
- Motherhood is a full time, no pay, hard work, dirty, roll your sleeves up kind of job, but it’s worth every moment.
- Breastfeeding is not as easy as it looks. But if you keep going it gets easier.
- Look after yourself so you can look after your family – your self care is important.
- Make time for your partner. Cuddle, kiss, go on date nights, try not to forget who you were before baby came along.
- Peaceful mama = peaceful baby. Spend time encouraging peace and bliss in your home. Breathe.
- I never knew how powerful I was until I pushed out a baby. Women are wonderful, brilliant, powerful creatures- respect them.
- The house is going to go to shit. I’m okay with that. I’m not superwoman. It will get clean again.
- Accept any and all help you can (see above, you’re not superhuman).
- Making time for creative projects is so rewarding. Keep working on your dreams, so you can inspire your child to follow her/his dreams.
- Take pictures and videos, the time goes by so fast.
- Enjoy little quiet moments together. The silence, the smiles, the holding hands. These are the moments I’ll cherish.
- Be gentle with yourself. Your body has changed. You’re a mom! It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be you. Own all of you- including the flaws- they’re what have made you who you are.
Are you a new mom? What have you learned since baby was born? Comment below…