6 Things a New Mom Needs To Know About Those Early Years
1. Things Are About To Change... For The Best
When you become a mom, so many things in your life change. With a brand new baby to love and take care of, naturally, your priorities change. You might hang out in different social circles, you might get your kicks and have your fun in different ways, but that's ok! You're still 'you', you're just 'you 2.0'. Your new life as a mom will be fulfilling in a totally different way to your child free life. And it will be brilliant!
2. There Will Be Ups
Your baby's first smile, their first tooth, first words and their first steps... so many exciting milestones to look forward to and to reach together. In those beautiful moments, the tiredness from the sleepless nights will just melt away, and you'll think, 'this is so worth the exhaustion!'. It's an absolute privilege to be able to help shape their very own personality, likes and dislikes, to watch your little one grow into a tiny little human. Relish in it!
3. And There Will Be Downs
Like I mentioned, raising and caring for a little baby can be tiring work. Sleepless nights and long days, endless feeds and hormonal mayhem to boot. And then there'll be the first time that your baby will get sick. It might just be a little sniffle, or something a little scarier, but whatever it is, you will worry. You will anxiously self-diagnose to the point of panic. It's a right of passage for a new mom. If I can offer one piece of advice, it would be, don't Google it! You will always be brought to the worst possible diagnosis, and that will do nothing only worry you further. If you are concerned, talk to a doctor.
4. The Years Will Go By In The Blink Of An Eye
I heard that phrase repeatedly as a child and as a teenager and thought it was just something old people said, as I slowly and painfully waited for the school summer holidays to roll around. But no, it's very true! And as soon as you become a mom, the years go by even faster. One minute you're pairing tiny baby socks and delicately placing them in a drawer for your baby's impending arrival, the next you're tearfully standing at the school gate, waving goodbye to your brave little munchkin on their very first day of school. Treasure every moment!
5. Your Nerves Will Be Tested
There will be times in those first few years when you think, 'I can't do this!'. You will be pushed to breaking point by endless crying or toddler tantrums, and a mommy meltdown may ensue. That's ok! You will get through it. A couple of deep breaths, a chat with a friend, a large glass of wine... whatever works for you! But in all seriousness, we all have these moments. It really is ok. Where you can, try take a little break for yourself. Have a friend or family member watch your little one for an hour so you can reboot the batteries. Get away for a weekend with your partner. And most importantly, never feel guilty about taking time for yourself. It's so important for your own wellbeing.
6. It Will Be The Most Rewarding Job You'll Ever Have
There really is no job more fulfilling! You don't need a bachelor's degree, diploma or masters, heck, you don't even need any experience! All you need for this job, is a big heart, lots of love to share, and the patience of a saint! The hours may be long, and you may be required to pull an occasional all-nighter, but you will be paid in endless hugs, kisses, love, and adoration. And isn't that worth its weight in gold?
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