21 Things I Learned My First Year Of Motherhood

Today is my first official Mother’s Day! (Last year I was anxiously awaiting the birth of my beautiful daughter after being on bed rest for over a month.)

I have to admit that the first year of motherhood is not a walk in the park. However, it is worth the tears, sweat and every sleepless night.

Below is a small sample of what I learned my first year of being a mom…in no specific order.

  1. Cloth diapering is worth the extra loads of laundry.
  2.  Both moms and babies benefit from babywearing.
  3.  Growing “mommy legs” is harder than it looks.
  4.  Sometimes we don’t feel like dressing, but most days we should get dressed anyway.
  5.  It is possible to function on less than 4 hours of sleep a night for quite a long time.
  6.  Learning to cherish each moment with our children is extremely important.
  7.  Breastfeeding as a new mom doesn’t come naturally, but it’s worth the struggle.
  8.  Moms pray ALOT! Or at least we should…
  9.  It’s the little things that can bring the most joy.
  10.  God’s grace is sufficient when we make mistakes.
  11.  Reading books with our babies is a great way to spend quality time together.
  12.  Children have a small handful of favorite books that you read over and over again.
  13.  Starting solids doesn’t have to be complicated.
  14.  Making homemade baby food is fun!
  15.  You can have “mommy time” without leaving the house.
  16.  Moms shouldn’t judge other moms.
  17.  Sometimes motherhood makes you ache.
  18.  You can do housework with a baby.
  19.  Did I mention that sleep was overrated?
  20.  Silly faces result in baby belly laughs.
  21.  Moms never stop being moms.

There are so many more lessons I could add to this list, but I would love for you to contribute some of your own by leaving a comment.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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5 Responses to “21 Things I Learned My First Year Of Motherhood”

  1. Mary Beth May 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    Sounds like we are a lot alike! My son is 15 months old, so this is my second Mother’s Day, but he was itty bitty last year! We were still learning to just survive another day!

    We use cloth diapers too, and had trouble getting started with nursing (bad clogged duct turned mastitis) but it was so worth sticking it out!

    • Jenni May 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      Taking one day at a time is the best way to live with little ones, Mary Beth! :)

  2. Jenna@CallHerHappy May 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    I’ve learned that just about everything is normal. Normal is a broad spectrum in the lives of moms!

  3. Bonnie Way May 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    These made me smile. Our daughter’s favourite book for quite a while was Bear Snores On. It’s a lot of fun – until you have read it so often you have it memorized… :) but I’ve never learned to exist on 4 hours of sleep. I need my 8 hours!!! :)

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