I can not believe that it will be ten years in just a few weeks that I was a first time mom. I still remember when I was pregnant with my first and thinking that I could not actually picture myself a mother. After Sam was born I was very lucky to have a mother in law who helped me… a lot. In fact Samantha’s first year of life I lived with my in laws and it almost felt like I had a live in nanny. There are so many little things I learned from my mother in law, some may be so silly but I use them now… ten years later with my third baby! A few simple and useful things:
- You need a diaper bag. I don’t care what some thing but carrying around a plastic bag with odds and ends is just not going to cut it. Even this past weekend when I forgot the baby’s sippy cup I felt horrible stopping at the store to pick up a new cup for her. And make that an organized diaper bag! One preferably with pockets to keep all those little things organized and neat!
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. Sure you might want to scream at your two year old when she does something like this:
- Breastfeeding does get easier. I admit that with my first I gave up very quickly. I had no idea how hard it would be and how time consuming it would be. I gave up. I had no idea what to do. When baby #2 came around I did so much research that I felt prepared and determined. Sure it is hard at first but it DOES get easier….. eventually!
- Take photos! This is a no brainer but take photos of everything! You will be glad 10 years from now you can look back and see then.. all teeny tiny! It makes you realize the big ten year old was once a little baby who enjoyed snuggling with you!
- No matter how much research you do on parenting, you learn as you go. Each child is so different that even though one way worked with the first it may not work with the second or even the third! Even though everyone will have advice on what you should do, take it with a grain of salt. sometimes that advice is useful! Like putting socks on baby’s hands as mitts. I never would have thought of this when Sam was a baby. Or making a small cup of anise tea to soothe an upset tummy. You don’t have to use any advice that is given but sometimes you’ll find something where you think “now why didn’t I think of that”
As an experienced and savvy mom, I’ve learned to juggle multiple things at once, and do it well!
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