First Time Motherhood and The Lessons We Learn
Oh, boy. Being a first time mom is awesome and great and so so spectacular - but it's also a steep learning curve for most of us. No matter how many books we read, how much babysitting we do, how many faux pregnancies and "egg babies" we care for in school - there's something life changing about actually becoming a mom yourself. There are some lessons for which all of the reading and baby sitting in the world cannot prepare you.
I learned, early on:
- To overestimate my time by double. If I thought I'd need an hour to get somewhere, I'd better plan on two.
- To never ever ever go without a diaper bag.
- And to make sure that the diaper bag was completely stocked - many, many times I needed to change a diaper, only to find a bag of wet cloth diapers and no fresh ones.
- To pack the ar with extra wipes and a spare shirt for myself - I never knew when i'd need a fresh shirt
- To make dinner whenever I had a spare moment - even if that was 10 a.m.
- And to always, always use the bathroom before I left the house - even if I didn't think I need to do so
I learned so much in those early months and years. I also learned that it wasn't wise or smart to judge another mother for making different choices, because she was quite possibly doing the very best that she could. My circumstances are much different than other mothers, and my judgemental thoughts and actions didn't always present me in the best light. I regret that now.
I don't regret spending lots and lots of time with my babies, though.
Tell us about your early experiences as a first-time mom. What were your favorite things about your experience? What would you have changed?