I’ve partnered with Poise as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network to tell you 8 Things I’ve Learned From Motherhood.
Motherhood is incredible. It won’t all be a bed of roses (some nights you will barely see your bed!) but the good will overpower the bad and your life will take on a completely different meaning. You will become a hero in someones eyes and that someone will be calling you mommy. Your life will never be the same! Here are 8 lessons I’ve learned from my short few years of motherhood.
- – “Twinkle, Twinkle” and the alphabet song are the same tune. My 3 year old pointed that out to me. Light bulb moment! How did I live this long without noticing that?
- – One reason that parents are so sleep deprived (even though their kids sleep through the night!) is because we want to cram in as much as we can between the kid’s bedtime and ours. Maybe I’m the only one but I often find myself at midnight, or 1 a.m., just getting to bed, because I had to do the dishes, prepare for tomorrow, fit in a little exercise, watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer (loving watching this again on Netflix!), read a bit of a book, and do this…write a little bit on my blog.
- – When your kids are behaving in a way that makes you least want to give them affection and attention, that is usually when they need it the most. When life gets crazy put down the phones, block out the distractions, connect and engage and life will be better for all.
- – Your patience will be tested. Before having kids I thought I was a patient person. I didn’t grumble about a long line in the grocery store (which is good because I always happen to chose the slowest lines lol), I didn’t care if I made a wrong turn, and even though I liked being punctual I knew it wasn’t the end of the world to show up somewhere 5 minutes late. After having kids I realize how impatient and selfish I can be. It’s not pretty and something I have to remind myself of many times a day.
- – Don’t worry what other people think of you. You will be judged, sometimes harshly. Don’t give a lot of thought to those opinions that are outside of your immediate family. People will judge the number of kids you have, how far they are spaced, the way you gave birth, the names you chose, breastfeed or bottle fed, cloth diaper or disposable, sleep training or attachment parenting, homemade baby food or store bought, and on and on and on and on and on. Research your heart out. Choose what works for your family and stand confident in that even if it’s not what everyone else is doing.
- – Keep a small vase handy at all times. Flowers from children are a gift to be cherished. Last weekend my mother-in-law told me a story about when her kids were younger and they picked flowers from a neighbor’s yard. When she found out she apologized to her neighbor and what that neighbor said stuck in my mother-in-law’s mind all these years. “I never mind when children pick my flowers because I know they’ll always give them to their mother.” That makes me heart smile.
- – Simple is almost always better. Cardboard boxes are better than the latest toys (Appliance boxes are the best!! We’re currently enjoying a dishwasher “house” in our living room now). An evening playing board games and talking with family is far better than another activity the kids need to be shuffled off to. Family time is indispensable.
- – Research what to expect after birth. I read pregnancy book after book. I read about the first week and month with a newborn. I read and read and read but never once did I read what would happen to my body. I figured that they would tell me at the hospital and didn’t give it much thought. To my surprise a lot about my body changed…and I’m not just talking about how my stomach didn’t go back to it’s previous shape right away. For one, if you’re not planning on breastfeeding you need a tight sports bra right away. The cheap ones from Walmart won’t do, trust me. Get the good ones! …and buy a few in case your baby is a spitter. One more thing is to have some Poise pads on hand. No one told me my bladder control would be out the window after birth. Sneezing, running, laughing too hard, and even being startled will cause it. Ugh! No wonder no one told me about it, it’s embarrassing to admit! We shouldn’t be so ashamed to talk about it though because statistics say that 1 in 3 women have light bladder leakage (LBL).
- The Poise brand has teamed up Brooke Burke-Charvet to help educate women about LBL and empower them to seize their Poise moment. That moment being the point where they stop letting leaks interrupt their lives and reach for products, like Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency pads. The new Poise Thin-Shape Light Absorbency pads are the thinnest pads for LBL. You can grab a sample at Poise.com. They are thin-shaped pads, offer 3-in-1 protection, are designed to move with you and are 40% thinner than the original, but they stay 3 times dryer. Those were two of the biggest after-birth surprises but there are a few others so if you’re pregnant, go google it.
Motherhood is one of the best things that could happen to a person. It changes the way you see the world. You care about another person more than you ever thought possible. You get the joy of celebrating their successes and encouraging them through their struggles. Motherhood is a wonderful, wonderful gift and it has taught me so much. These 8 things I’ve listed don’t even scratch the surface. What things has motherhood taught you?