It's only been three months since little Edie's birth, but I feel like I've learned and realized so much. Though I know parenting is a life long endeavor, I'd like to share what I've learned as a first time mother during the first quarter of Edie's first year.
Babies don't break. Pre-Edie I barely held a baby in fear that their cute little necks would just snap off if I held them wrong. Turns out, babies are pretty durable.
Drool, spit up, poop and pee are not that gross. Well, poop is still pretty gross... especially when it occurs in the bathtub, but, it's manageable. Just don't make me change your kid's diaper.
They really do grow fast. A few weeks ago I went through Edie's clothes to see if we had anything that she's grown out of. Turns out I had this huge pile of newborn clothes that were way too tight, along with a heaping pile of cloth diapers. I almost cried. I know I'm going to wake up tomorrow and she'll be walking, or graduating from high school, or having children of her own.
No matter how much you try to fight it, your voice goes up at least an octave when you speak to your child.
It just gets better and better. When we first brought our little nugget home from the hospital, I often thought nothing gets better than holding this little girl. Then, she started smiling and cooing and I thought there is nothing better than this little girl smiling and cooing at me. I have a feeling this is a vicious cycle of awe on my part.
She puts things in perspective. She makes me want to work harder, be kinder, share more love. She makes me want to become a better person and to become a good example.
Your life completely changes and you wouldn't have it any other way.
You join a new club. Women, and some men, seem to speak and treat you differently after having a child. I guess it's like you've joined their club... you have something in common with them. It's so nice to know there is a wealth of advice out there.
No one can tell you what it's like nor how great it is to be a mother.