8 New Mom Truths

Here are some of the best character building new Mom moments

I thought I knew it all when I was pregnant. I had my mind made up about how I'd do X, Y and Z. Nobody could tell me otherwise. Motherhood has taught me one thing, and that's never say never. My son is 13 months old now and I continue to learn new things every single day. Suddenly the advice I was a bit touchy about in the beginning is now advice I totally welcome. I find myself looking at other first time mothers and relating to them so much, watching them do things as I did. It really is a learn on the job type of situation. And it's not a case of one rule for all. What works for one family can be a disaster for another. These are some of the things that have given me a bit of a giggle as I look back on this past year. 
  • You buy and receive hamper upon hamper of bath products for your newborn. Completely seduced by the gorgeous ads and their clever marketing teams. Only to discover that they give your baby a rash and you can't use any of them. In the end you use the same tub of Silcoks base for the gutts of a year. 
  • Your baby has one excellent night of sleep at a couple of months old and you decide that this is the night they have started to "sleep through the night". You feel on top of the world. You even celbrate with a boasty Facebook status. Turns out it was a total once off and you spend the rest of your days dreaming about that one night. Teething, developmental leaps, and bright evenings have your baby's routine here, there and everywhere. You eventually submit to it and hope for the best on a day-by-day basis. 
  • You make plans for when your baby is a few weeks old. Sure the other half can mind them right? The baby is born and you quickly realise that you don't want to leave their side until they are at least 40. FYI, for me it was a Robbie Williams Concert. I was dead set on going. Oh how naive I was. I couldn't bare to be away from my baby and passed the tickets on to someone else. 
  • You talk about the fact that your baby only likes one particular brand of soother. Deep down you love it - their individuality coming out already. In six months time you will be cursing it and wishing they would take the more modestly priced brand. Expensive taste or what!
  • Baby brain is your legitate reason for anything negative, incorrect or forgettful in your life. You get away with everything. 
  • You have a little corner for the baby's toys, still maintaining some kind of adult vibes in the house. That corner soon becomes a bigger corner, and eventually it becomes a room. Between the coupious cups of coffee and the insane amount of toys your house could pass for a play cafe. You give up and embrace the mess. 
  • You are persistent that your baby's diet remains 100% healthy. Never will a biscuit or jar of food touch their lips. A few months later you find yourself sleep deprived and panicking when your local supermaket have run out of the little baby biscuits your little one loves. None of us are perfect, cut yourself some slack! 
  • After months and months of no alone time you plan a night away with your other half. A whole night together in a fancy hotel. You and your partner agree that the thoughts of a full night's sleep is off the rictor scale exciting! You also manage to have a shower that's longer than 5 minutes and it feels like you've been to the spa. 
Written by Tracey, mummy blogger and staff writer with www.familyfriendlyhq.ie
Check out her own blog at love-of-living.blogspot.ie

Tracey Quinn

Proud mum of two who got married on Don't Tell The Bride and had an accidental home-birth (loves a good story). She's passionate about breastfeeding, positive thinking & all things cosy.

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