Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fifteen things I've learned in a month as a mom.

I can't believe C is four weeks old already. On Friday, he'll be one-month. A MONTH! Wow, that happened quickly.

I've learned a lot in the last 4 weeks, and I thought hey, I'll share my "wisdom" with the world.

1. You will cry. There will be no reason for it.
2. Breastfeeding is hard. Stick it out.
3. A baby can sleep through a lot of noise.
4. A kitchen can be cleaned in 4 minutes or less.
5. Sometimes, brushing your hair is the only accomplishment you need to make a day feel valuable.
6. Staring for hours at one person is not always stalkery.
7. Babies do NOT always smell nice.
8. It's ok if it takes you awhile to feel like a mom.
9. Invite other moms over to visit. They will understand when you hand them your kid to hold and go to the bathroom alone.
10. Nap, nap, nap. Then? Take another nap.
11. Target is a perfectly legitimate outing. Cart rides lull babies.
12. Make sure you get one hour to yourself every day. (this frequently turns out to be just 1/2 hour, but it's still super valuable.
13. It's ok to say "no, you can't visit today."
14. Even if you've gone 33 years without drinking coffee, or even liking it, you may find yourself heading out to buy a coffee pot at one week post-baby.
15. It is possible to make chili, bake a frozen pizza, pay the bills and brush your hair in the time it takes for that pizza to bake.

I don't know how women do this with more than one child (or SEVEN, I'm looking at you, Alison) and especially single mothers? Single mothers deserve lifetime achievement awards. Seriously.

Are you a mom? Any other wisdom you'd share?


  1. Dude. I am so not kidding, I was cruising Google Reader, thinking, hey, I should check in with [you] and a few scrolls later, I found myself reading about your adventures in parenting.

    RE: # 13, I am glad you didn't say that the day I snuck over. I might have had to defy you.

    Glad all is well, and that brushing one's hair ranks up there on the list of things to do.

  2. It gets easier. ;)

    Congratulations on the little one. Enjoy this time, I absolutely did not and regret it 4 1/2 years later.

  3. #9 & 12 are my sanity savers! When Chris was born someone told me that in parenthood the days are long and the years are short. I sort of nodded in my new Mom haze, but yet 13 years later I still remember that and it is absolute truth. You are such an amazing Mom only a month in. C sure is a lucky guy. Love reading your blog :) Oh, and when you have 7 kids having a baby around makes life easier. All the kids want to rake care of the baby and you get to drink your coffee while it is still hot.

  4. It is OK if you feel like you're a better mother when you're going to work m-f, 9-5. I get a little embarrassed when I admit it, but it is definitely true for me. I enjoy Joey so much more when our time together is all quality.

  5. Great post. The only outings we have gone on have been Target trips! ;)



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