Life as a New Mom

Being a new mom is a big change – it’s hard, there’s not a lot of sleep, you may have a leaky boob or two (yes, I said it!) and to top it off, your hormones are going nuts. There are the perfect newborn photos, which make life out to be so sweet and peaceful. And yes, it can be that, if only for a few minutes at a time.

But then there are the classic facepalming moments you know you’ll never forget. Like this one.

I wrote this when my son was just a few months old.

Note: If you’re wondering how we’ve jumped topics from weight loss to motherhood, check out this post to catch up. The short version – I gotta listen to that soul-deep pull and take the leap to focus on Mamas. You’ll still find me talking about food (for the whole family, picky eaters included!), as well as green living & DIY projects, attachment parenting, and beautiful – as well as face-palming – moments of motherhood. Like the one below.

 


Life as a New Mom

 

Being a mom is probably the most important, hardest, and most rewarding thing I’ll ever do.

There, sounds cliche, doesn’t it?

All the same, it’s probably true.

My favorite moments are those special ones between my son and I. When he was only weeks old, but his eyes would follow me around the room, no matter who was holding him. When someone would pass him to me unable to console him, and my Magical Mama Powers would soothe him before I’d even had a chance to try the usual tactics.

And best of all, when I get him from his crib in the morning. He’s cooing at his mobile, but when he sees me, his face lights up BIG time and his arms and legs flail as if there’s no tomorrow.

Oh, yeah. That’s definitely the highlight of my day.

But then there was the other day where I found a pacifier down my shirt. Sigh. You know you’re a Mama when you find a pacifier down your shirt with no idea how it got there, or how long it’s been there…

They say the time flies by, that kids grow up so fast.

I’ll tell it to you straight – the days can be so long. But the weeks and months are short.

I don’t want to miss anything. I want to witness it all, record it all, have an encyclopedia of all his firsts – ok, maybe not that extreme – but every day brings new miracles.

In our high times, we fly pretty high together. But in my low moments – you know, when I’m short on sleep and patience, and haven’t spoken to another adult human being all day – and that can get pretty hard, let me tell ya – I’m still so in love.

And I want to be the perfect mama for this guy. I want to be the perfect role model, the perfect teacher, guide, cook, spiritual teacher, and so much more. So many of us grow up with issues, and I don’t want to give him any problems.

That’s the thing, though. We’re human. We have failings.

So as a new mama, all I can do is to do my best. To keep the lines of communication open, and never shut him out. To help him understand right and wrong. To help him be the wonderful man I know he’ll grow into someday.

But for now, it’s just another day with a pacifier down my shirt.

What are some of the moments from babyhood you’ll never forget? (Facepalm worthy or not.) Share them and join the conversation in the comments below.

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