Seeing as how today is Mothers Day, Stasha decided that we could make a list of anything we wanted about motherhood, or 10 things we wish we could delete for Monday Listicles. I decided to do mine about motherhood, since I don’t know if I really want to publish my list of deletables.
Some things I have learned from being a mum:
1. Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you planned, but that’s ok. I never thought that I would have a 4 pound, 11 ounce baby who spent the first week and a half of his life in the NICU. You roll with it.
2. It’s good to be flexible, both literally and figuratively. You never know when you are going to have to contort under a table to retrieve a kid, or a book, or who knows what else…
3. Sometimes you just need take a moment to breathe, look around, and realize how much fun you are actually having.
4. Bodily fluids are gross. (Actually, this one I knew before, but this has just cemented it for me.) Needless to say, I am not the mum who can catch kid-puke with my hands. That’s what blankets are for.
5. Kids are very resilient. They can take a bump, get bruised, and just keep going.
6. Sometimes the things that you thought that you would do, or not do, are the things that work best for your family. Before Q came along, I had very distinct ideas of how things would go. I never thought that I would be an extended breastfeeder, co-sleeper, or most of the other things that I have done. You just need to go with what works.
7. It’s ok to be yourself sometimes too. You are not just a mum, you are still a person. It took me a while to figure that out, but I am a better person for it. No mummy guilt.
8. How much fun it would be to experience things with him. The utter joy and excitement that he brings is something that I never could have imagined.
9. How great it would be to teach him things, and share my favourite things with him. He loves music, likes to take a spin on the pole, and loves to read. This makes me proud.
10. Just how full of love my heart is for him, and the family that we’ve created and become.
Any lessons learned that you would care to share?