This post is sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All opinions are my own.
Being a mom is hard, and rewarding, and hard. When you are a first-time mom you worry about everything. Every cry, sniffle, shot, meal, and more. You wonder if your babies are dressed warm enough, if they are too warm, what they are going to be when they grow up, if are you messing up, if you are spoiling them too much, if they are EVER going to sleep?! My kids are now 15, 11, and 8 and I don’t know everything, but I have 7 Things I would tell myself as a new mom to put my mind at ease.
They will sleep, and so will you
I remember thinking, “Am I ever going to get a full night’s sleep again?!” I will admit that first year was rough. Ok, maybe the first two. Kids finally do sleep, and when they do, you will too. The first time one of mine got up and got their own breakfast, then turned the TV on quietly so not to disturb me, I wanted to cry. They get big way too fast!
Cherish EVERY moment, even the not so glorious ones
Now that my babies are bigger I miss the “baby” moments. Even if those baby moments come with messy diaper changes, messy feedings, and well….messy everything. Cherish those moments. Babies don’t keep.
You CAN’T spoil a baby
OMG. If people tell you that you are spoiling your baby….you aren’t. It’s a baby. They need love and attention. Don’t let anything spoil your baby time.
No matter how much child-proofing, hand-holding, and organic food-buying you do, things happen. Kids fall. Kids get allergies. Kids will be kids. Just roll with the punches and be there for your kids.
Letting go is HARD!
You want your kids to learn and be independent. What you aren’t prepared for is the actual day you let go and let them be independent. That is hard. Like, seriously difficult. They are good kids, and you have done a great job. Try not to worry too much.
Make time for yourself….like, now
You are human and you need a break. Even though you don’t want to miss any precious moments, you need to make time for yourself. Even if you just take a few minutes of peace and quiet to enjoy a cup of coffee. Do it, you will be a better person, which will make you a better mom.
You can’t protect them from germs or allergens
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I would love to hear something that you would tell your former “mom self”. Leave your new mom tips in the comments below.