Motherhood brings so many changes. Not just in the whole “there is a little person who is solely dependent upon me for all their needs” kind of way. I talked before about all the ways that becoming a mom has changed me. But it has also brought some lessons, not just about who I am or about children but just in general. Here are just some of the lessons from motherhood I have learned.
1- I really hate changing bed sheets. Like, really hate. A potty training child and a couple of stomach bugs has taught me this. It’s possible that I only change and wash her sheets when she gives me a reason to. And my bed….I will not admit to you how long I go between washings. I’m not sure some of you can handle the confession.
2- I absolutely need quiet in my day. Not so much silence just, no talking, running, laughing, etc. This has been harder since my child no longer naps but she is learning that from 1-3pm, she is to be in her room, reading or resting quietly.
3- Moms can pee faster than the average person. Truth.Moms can pee faster than the average person. #truth Click To Tweet
4- You pretty much start to lose your sense of self, your identity, during that baby and toddler phase. Then somewhere along the way, between potty training and preschool, you find yourself again. You probably aren’t the same person you were a few years ago. You also realize that you need to be yourself, not just “Mom.” For me, that’s blogging. When I’m writing, I’m just Julie.
5- Things that were important before kids that you swore would always be important, just…aren’t. Like keeping the house clean or having a guest room or buying yourself new shoes more than once every 2 (or 7) years.
6- You can never have ice cream for dinner again…unless you wait until the kids are in bed.
7- To always, but always, pack a snack. This is a lesson I have learned the hard way. We’ve gone to weddings only to discover the “kid food” was still too fancy. Or the event went longer than planned and now the kid is getting hangry.
8- Never assume the liquid on the bathroom floor is water.
9- Never assume the liquid on the kitchen floor is water.
10- Never assume any liquid, on any surface, is water.
11- Never ask someone if they are planning on having children. You never know what their situation may be. Maybe they really don’t want kids at all or only want the one they already have. Maybe they’ve been trying for awhile and it just isn’t happening. You just never know when that question will rub someone the wrong way or open up a wound.
12- For me, something about motherhood has taught me to embrace my low maintenance ways. It’s okay that sometimes I feel like doing my hair and make-up but that more often than not, I don’t. I always used to feel a little shame about that. I just plain don’t care anymore. I don’t have to fit one mold or the other. I can be a mix of both and that’s totally fine.
I think I am coming to terms with the fact that I rarely will have a cute selfie. My daily uniform is a t-shirt from a competition, jeans/comfy pants, and a ponytail. But you know what? I’m low maintenance and always have been. And that’s totally okay. Low maintenance women unite! 😉 #selfie #lowmaintenance #momlife #mommyhood #sahm
13- As long as everyone is wearing shoes when they leave the house, it’s considered a win, matching or not.
14- Daniel Tiger songs, while super annoying, are extremely handy parenting tools. Potty training? There’s a song for that. Trying new foods? There’s a song for that too!
15- The sofa and the car are like magnets for Cheerios, Goldfish, pretzels, basically any cracker, cereal, or snack item. You will never vacuum them all up. You think you will. But then two days later there will be one Cheerio, sitting there, taunting you.
What lessons have you learned, either about yourself or life, since becoming a mom?
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