In the few short months I've been a mom, it's incredible to recognize the life shift that takes place when that little one enters the picture. I've discovered a job description that no blog or article or friendly advice ever included so I thought I'd pass it along some limited experience to ease the shock for others:
Being a new mom means:
swaying even when there's no baby in your arms
- reheating the same cup of coffee 5 times throughout the day and forgetting where you leave it each time after about 2 sips
- the olympic games of practicing patience
- mastering the art of doing any task one-handed
- singing or narrating every step in your day
- talking about poop and burps more than a five year old boy
- being exhausted when your head hits the pillow but already looking forward to seeing their smile in the morning
- seeing, touching, and smelling your surroundings through the excitement of one who is experiencing it for the first time
- dusting off the nursery rhymes you remember from childhood
- planning life in 2-3 hour increments
- transforming into a complete goofball for the possibility of a giggle or smile
- constant trial and error
- whittling down your morning routine to <15 minutes
- doing considerably normal things, but with a baby strapped to your chest.
- googling something pertaining to growth, food, sleep, or development every day
- choosing between sleep, exercise, or food on a regular basis.
- get all warm inside when you smell her freshly washed crib sheets and blankets
- extreme, newfound admiration for your own mother and all the other mothers in your life
- learning to ask for help and being okay with accepting it
- taking way too many pictures-- just kidding there's no such thing.