Nearly 5 years ago (on February 13th, 2017) I became a mom. Some days it’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years and other days it feels like I am still a brand new mom. There are so many things I thought would be one way as a mom that turned out another way. There’s so much you just can’t prepare for. It’s really a learn as you go kind of job. I have a lot of things I would tell myself as a new mom and felt like Liam’s 5th birthday was a good time for that.
Things I Would Tell Myself As A New Mom
Trust your instincts: It’s SO easy as a new mom to read every forum, website, blog, etc and second guess everything you think you should do for your baby. At the end of the day your mom gut is a real thing. I wish I had known this for so many situations. But, as moms we always know what’s right and best for our own babies. It may be totally different than what the blog you read at 2AM says about
It’s OK to do it your way: My friends are such great resources for parenting advice. There is SO MUCH we agree on and there’s a lot that we do differently. That’s totally fine! We all love our kids and want the best for them but every child and family are different. I also do things pretty different than my parents did. I have really found my confidence as a mom and realized my way is the best way FOR MY KIDS. Even if it’s not the way others do it.
Enjoy the hard times: Listen, people tell us all the time when we are pregnant that the newborn stage is so hard. I honestly don’t agree. Sure it’s exhausting but that’s the easier kids will be for a while haha. They sleep, eat, and poop. So yes those times can be hard in some ways but also wonderful. Then there are the 2’s and 3’s which bring their own challenges but also so much fun! So even in the harder times just enjoy it. It goes so fast.
Always be prepared: Like a boy scout! Always have more snacks than you think you need, more bottles, extra clothes, etc. The time you don’t have those things is the time you will need them.
Take videos: We are so prone to taking tons of pics but TAKE MORE VIDEOS! I love watching videos of my kids through the years and I wish we had taken even more than we did.
What is something you’d tell yourself as a new mom?