A Mother’s Love

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve blogged about healthy living or the latest raw creation I’ve tried….I’ll get back to that…eventually! Being a mama takes top priority and I am loving every minute of it! I may not be able to fit into my size 2 shorts anymore, but I’m learning to accept my new curves and I keep reminding myself that this jiggly belly won’t be around forever. So far I’ve lost 32 pounds and I’m not ashamed to admit that I gained 50 pounds during the pregnancy. My doctor wanted me to gain more than the average woman because I started so small…hey, we ended up with a healthy babe in the end and that’s all that matters! I’m at that weird and awkward stage where the maternity stuff is too big and my pre-preggo clothes are a bit too small. Speaking of jiggly belly…isn’t it amazing how the post-preggo belly is now its own entity?! It jiggles and shakes when you laugh; you can move it from side to side; you can even “talk” with it! It’s a lot different from the once firm, beautiful, preggo belly. Ok…enough about the belly! Becoming a mama has been the most incredible and challenging journey I’ve experienced – every day is a new adventure!

Things I’ve learned since becoming a mama:

  • Just like pregnancy, no book will ever fully prepare you for motherhood – you just gotta dive in!
  • Priorities change without effort or thinking…baby becomes your world!
  • I’m a night owl….no longer by choice, but out of necessity.
  • Bedtime is earlier…much earlier.
  • Patience is everything.
  • You can NEVER have enough burp cloths and bibs.
  • Ask for help! Trying to take everything on by yourself will lead to insanity.
  • It’s OK to cry. At times, being a mama is hard.
  • You’ll go through multiple outfits a day….not just the baby!
  • I’ve never been so excited about burping or pooping….and here I’m referring to the baby!
  • Never in my life have I done so much laundry!
  • Always have the camera or your phone nearby – take LOTS of pictures!
  • Have plenty of on-the-go snacks and/or food prepared because time is precious and limited.
  • Sleep when baby sleeps. Well, try to…I’m still working on this one.
  • My sweet baby’s favorite place to sleep is on me. So in my case, things to have within arms reach: phone, kindle, water.
  • Keep the baby nail clippers and/or file close by (since I can only cut her nails when she’s sleeping).
  • A shower never felt better!
  • Don’t tip-toe too much around a sleeping baby…If they learn to sleep when it’s quiet, then they’re ONLY going to sleep when it’s quiet.
  • Don’t wake a sleeping baby!!!
  • Just like everyone’s pregnancy is different, everyone’s parenting style is different…so do what works for you!!!
  • The exercise ball isn’t just for exercising. It’s become a bedtime routine…bounce with her on the ball and she falls asleep.
  • An over-tired baby is your worst enemy.
  • Establish a time to be at home every night…for us we’re in for the night by 6pm.
  • It’s OK to change your mind. Nothing is set in stone. Take time to listen, read, and digest both sides before making a decision.
  • Don’t judge another’s decision or choice….everyone has their reasons, beliefs, and ideas. RESPECT! And BE KIND!!!
  • Healthy baby and healthy mama are all that matters.
  • Don’t beat yourself up – parenthood is a state of constant learning!
  • Enjoy every minute because they grow so fast!

I remember loving her before she was born and now that she’s here, it amazes me just how much a person can love another. It’s something that cannot be explained or understood until you become a mother.

3 thoughts on “A Mother’s Love

  1. So well said! Beautiful! Once a mother, FOREVER a mother! Children hold their mothers hands for such a short time but we hold their hearts forever! No greater calling in this life than to be a MOM

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  2. Mandy, I love this post! So true. Well, I can’t relate to the size two part 🙂 but I know about gaining weight. Now that I’m starting this second pregnancy, I still didn’t lose all that I wanted to – but I have no doubt you will. You are amazing and I knew you’d be a wonderful mom. I wasn’t going to be one of those moms where my whole world revolved around the kids – but I fell for it as soon as I had my son, too. You can’t help it. I love your willingness to change and to not judge others and to being open to things – we all had ideals I think before the baby was born, but then you find out certain things just work or matter more. There is nothing more true though than the enjoying it because they grow so fast. I can say though, as someone who always ADORED babies and worried that I wouldn’t enjoy my children as much as they got older, I’ve found that every stage is the best. I love how much Mikey expresses himself now, how fun his personality is – seeing myself or my husband through him… It is all amazing and wonderful. Anyway, I seriously enjoyed your thoughts, I’m glad you’re loving life right now – it is a great time!

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    • Hayley, your love for Mikey shows through all the pictures and posts – you are such a wonderful mama! I have no doubt that this second baby will be just as loved! I pretty much FB stalk you because I love all the pics 😉 Please share any words of advice or wisdom about motherhood – I would love to hear it! Thanks for reading my blog and always being such a great supporter – it means the world to me.

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