Hey y’all! It’s good to get back to writing after a whole month away from blogging! yikes! Ya know, just over here being a mom. NBD(no big deal, for those of you who are like “whaaaat? network block device?”). Seriously though, I’m going to try and post more often(definitely more than once a month). I’m slowly getting the hang of things around here.
Today’s post is about lessons. Very important lessons I have learned thus far in my 12 weeks of being a mom.
1. The MOST important lesson that I just learned yesterday- my baby DOES NOT like when I eat pizza. I will not be eating pizza while breastfeeding ever again. Pizza gives my baby a horrible, blood-curdling screaming, back arching, legs straightening bout of reflux. It happened yesterday at precisely 5:04 pm and lasted until 6:28 when I finally calmed her down enough to get her to sleep. If you have ever had a child go through reflux, bless your heart. It is the worst thing I’ve experienced so far, even over lessons 2 and 3 that you will soon learn. Hearing my baby cry and scream in pain and not being able to do ANYTHING about it, is literally heartbreaking. No more pizza.
2. It IS possible to change your baby standing up in the car and NOT get any poo on you! We had a severe blowout and successfully changed clothes and diaper whilst standing without any stains on the car or mommy 🙂 and in 9 minutes.
3. Shots are totally necessary but as a parent, you will feel terrible and helpless watching your poor baby(who is smiling and happy on the table and completely unaware of what is coming) get pricked in the thigh. I was not mentally prepared for that. I hate shots myself, and I would have rather taken 3 in my own thigh than see her have to, but unfortunately immunity doesn’t work like that.
4. Breastfeeding, although sometimes frustrating(like when you want pizza but can’t have it because it inflicts pain on your baby), is SUPER cool! I love that I am providing my child with nutrients and immunity to viruses and pathogens that I am exposed to. I also love that I provide comfort for her through breastfeeding. I just love it.
5. Babies need routine just as much as we do. If we don’t get Aubrey to bed by 8:30, it will take double the time to put her down because she’s so far past tired that she won’t sleep. We have *tried* to keep her on a rough schedule so that we can pinpoint what she needs and when she needs it. Luckily, a lot of our friends have kids too so they understand when we have to head out early. No one wants to experience the wrath that WILL follow if the baby doesn’t go to bed on time.
6. The TV is amazing. I used to think I would be one of those moms that don’t allow tv, ipads, or cell phones. I still think I’m going to limit time with all three of those things, but right now… TV allows me to enjoy a cup of tea, eat a snack, pump, or even write this blog post. At this instant, my 3 month old is enjoying the 31st Olympic Games. I tell myself that she’s learning about sports and the hard work it takes to be an olympian. Who knows? She might be in the 2036 Olympic Games for badminton or trampoline. Startin’ her early, y’all. They’ll interview her after she wins the gold, and she’ll say it’s all because she remembers watching the 2016 Olympics with her mom…
7. You can’t spoil your baby too much. In the beginning, we had discussed not holding her all the time so that she would get used to being on her own and wouldn’t rely on us to sleep. That lasted for about a week. Honestly, hold your baby and love on her/him as much as you can, because they won’t be this tiny for long and it’s not a bad thing to show them love.
8. If you’re going somewhere, don’t put on your going out clothes until 2 minutes before you leave. It never fails, as soon as I put something cute on, my little sugar plum throws up all over me. So just a word of wisdom, wait. Speaking of waiting, your loved one is going to spend a ton of time waiting on you to do pretty much anything. Everything takes so much longer now with a baby, but at least I have a good excuse.
9. There is no love like the love you have for your baby. I’ve always heard that from my mom and from more seasoned parents, but I didn’t fully understand it until I had my own. But it’s serious. Like…mama bear comes out in full swing at the mere thought of anything happening to her. I will do anything. anything at all in my power to keep her safe.
10. You’ll make it, mama. You’ll learn a lot about your baby and how to be a parent, but you’ll most likely learn it the hard way. You’ll wing a lot of things and maybe they’ll work, maybe they won’t. You’ll go crazy trying to figure it out and you will be tired and grumpy. However, you WILL make it! And your baby thinks you’re doing a great job! He or she has no clue that you don’t know what you’re doing, because they’re new to this too! You can learn together 🙂
Well, that’s all folks. Keep your head up and wear your poopie and milk stained dress(LOL, who am I kidding? Leggings and tshirt) with pride! You’ll make it, mama!