Rookie Mom: 10 things I learned

Rookie Mom: 10 things I learned

benaturali-shoot-family   One year down and a lifetime more to go! I can’t even believe that 12 months have passed and I actually can say I have a 1 year old! The saying is true, time really does fly once you have kids. With one year under my belt, I have learned quite a bit about, life, love friendship and parenting. I’m writing this blog so other moms can have the “ah – ha” moment and know that YOU are NOT alone. What I have learned within the first year:
  1. NORMAL is whatever your child is! Its okay if they don’t sleep or eat the same as your fellow friends children or what is recommended online. Just ride the wave and know that your child is unique and will get on a schedule soon, and by soon I mean probably around 3 months lol.
  2. Its OKAY to feel guilty… guilty because you want to focus on you, your health and fitness or whatever it may be that gets you going and motivated. At the end of the day you need to take care of yourself to be a better mother, wife, friend etc…
  3. DO NOT COMPARE yourself to other “Fit Moms” “New Moms” etc—we are all different and gain and loose weight at different rates, save yourself the agony and instead let it motivate you!
  4. TRY to live in the moment. I know its hard when you’re sleep deprived and feel like your child will never sleep more then 2 hours at a time. But like the old adage goes… they will not go down the aisle with a pacifier in their mouth, just saying.
  5. MOMS word of advice I was given… having your child say “ dada” first is the best thing ever. Why you may ask, because when its 2 am and your child is crying and keeps saying “ Dada” well, DADA must go to the rescue ;).
  6. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED This goes with life in general but in this case definitely applies to having a little one in tow.Its ok to go out to eat then have to pack up your food and leave fast, its ok if you’re a little late to an event or if you decided to look all cute and end up with spit up or crap on you, it part and parcel of having a baby.
  7. MAKE TIME for you and your significant other. It is very easy to feel like groundhogs day with a little one around the house and loose sight of your relationship. Even if it’s a simple lets watch a show/ series on TV weekly or going out for a meal.
  8. GET INVOLVED with other moms. I joined a mommy and me class which was a great way to make new “mommy friends” and for your child to socialize.
  9. You CANT CONTROL your little one from getting sick. It’s a sad time when they have a cold or cough but its inevitable. They just want your TLC and patience… oh and it usually lasts 7-10days (speaking from experience)
  10. DOCUMENT it all! Print those photos out and put them in an album!!! Or easier way is to head to a website like shutterfly, upload your photos and they will arrange them for you and you preview and print. They always have great promos going on as well.
So as of now, with 1 year under my belt, a rookie, I know, but any piece of advice is helpful. Please feel free to comment below anything you have learned, experienced or realized during your career as a MOM.   Ali Blog Signature

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