Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lessons Learned

Just a few of the things I have learned or realized over the past 6 weeks~

1. Love at first sight is absolutely possible.

2. Nothing can prepare you for the sleep deprivation you are going to encounter as a new parent. (not even getting up to pee 3 times a night during pregnancy, although I think that is a nice "warm-up") AND, we have a really good sleeper but still.....

3. You rely on your other "mommy friends" much more than you did in the past. AND, you don't hear from the "non-parent" friends as much, which is difficult to get used to. I believe that mommy and me groups are going to be a necessity!

4. It is possible to fall asleep on the toilet.

5. It is possible to go through 10 burp cloths in one day... which also makes for many loads of laundry.

6. Babies, at least our baby, likes to poop immediately after we change her diaper.

7. It is hard transitioning into motherhood. I feel like I lost myself a little bit, the old me, that is. I have a new me, which I am loving, but I do miss the old me a little bit.

8. Hormones can be evil things. I cried and cried for no reason at all. They caused me to doubt my abilities as a mother. They made me sad, angry, overwhelmed, impatient, and selfish. Thankfully, I think the hormones have leveled out now.

9. After birth, you can have 6 weeks of spotting. To me, spotting is worse than just having a regular period.

10. I appreciate things I used to take for granted- a shower, time to watch a tv show all the way through, being able to read a chapter in a book, reading blogs, going out to eat with my husband, sleeping in....

11. I have to "time" trips, even small trips to the grocery store or gas station. Everything right now depends on Chloe's nursing schedule.

12. It really is different when it is your child's dirty diaper or vomit.

13. Not all babies enjoy car rides... unfortunately.

14. I appreciate my own mom in a whole new way!
15. I never get tired of watching my beautiful daughter.


Alexis Jacobs said...

This is a beautiful entry Corie. You are a wonderful and awesome mommy. You should print this out for when your precious daughter has children of her own. I am sure she would love to read this then.

Louise said...

Isn't it amazing how much life changes when a little one arrives!! They are a blessing and take it from me who was in "survival" mode for so many years while I had 3 kids aged 3 and under time flies and soon they are big...enjoy them!! It goes by too fast some days! and soon enough you'll be back to sleeping in!
Thinking of you!!

stacey @ happyarewe said...

What a great list - and all so very true. I love that you're able to identify these things so honestly, even the stuff that's not always easy to talk about (ie: the hormones). Your daughter is very lucky to have you as her mom!

R.A.M. head on! said...

I love this blog, it brought a couple tears to my eyes. All of us moms know all these things are so true, but so scared to admit them, then they become a reality. It takes a special mommy to recognize all this and admit it.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing isn't it? And unless you are a parent, I don't believe you will ever fully understand.....