Three Things I learned quickly about being a Mom.
1. Being a stay at home mom IS a job.
After taking some time off of work to be with the baby, I quickly realized that caring for a tiny human was extremely hard work. There is no longer a schedule I can rely on each day. To even be some where on time-is a whole process. I can only laugh at myself now when everything goes wrong in one day. To be honest it is not the end of the world. I have even come to enjoy my unexpected moments with Ivy. I read this amazing quote by new mom Hoda Kobt. She said, “a tough day with her daughter is better than a perfect day without her.” I 100% agree. Life without Ivy now would be heartbreaking and unimaginable. I have never felt this unconditional love, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. Caring for my little Ivy is hard work, but it has made me grateful for each and everyday I get to spend with her.
2. If you are breastfeeding be prepared to question everything you eat.
Everything you eat, your baby eats. This has been a hard one for me. I find myself constantly questioning myself. “Is this healthy enough?” or “How will Ivy respond to this?” Every piece of food I eat has the ability to affect her literally within hours. On Ivy’s not so good days, when she is very fussy and having problems passing her gas, I question it even more. “What did I eat to make her so fussy?” I continue to keep track of my meals, and try new things to help.
3. When you think you have it all figured out…NOT!
Every cry has a reason. Is it a poopy diaper? Is she hungry? gas? Is she just mad at me? Some days it is much harder to decode her cries than others. The great days make me think, I got it!! Then just when I get too comfortable in my new found success, I am back at the starting blocks as she fights sleep and cries every time I put her down. My advice to new mommies that are experiencing this-just remain calm. Take some deep breaths. Be patience. Be kind to yourself. You got this!