You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again––motherhood is a circus of sorts. There’s no denying it. Between breastfeeding, burping, bathing, cleaning and loving on your newborn, while still having time for all the other parts of your life, motherhood truly is the ultimate balancing act. You’ve heard the truths, myths and rumors of motherhood ever since you began thinking of planning for this new stage in life. And while there are endless volumes of advice and insight regarding the art of motherhood all over the internet, in bookstores and condensed into pages of parenting magazines, there are certain things you’ll only truly understand once you’ve become a mom. We’re outlining some of these motherhood-exclusive life discoveries below, so check back in and let us know what you realize about this part of life once you’ve dabbled around in motherhood for a bit.
Alone time is a gift
The older we become, the more we appreciate the sparing moments we get entirely to ourselves. Whether it’s a bath at the end of a long day or a few minutes in between running errands, alone time becomes one of those sweet moments we should never take for granted. However, alone time in motherhood takes on an entirely new level of sweet because there is always something in the back of your mind tugging at your attention. In fact, successfully indulging in alone time as a mother is a talent and should be regarded as such.
A mother’s instinct is a real thing
Becoming a mom means more than just learning to change a diaper. It means learning to anticipate exactly when a diaper change is coming and being prepared for it no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Motherhood means knowing your newborn’s different cries and deciphering what they mean. More than anything, motherhood comes with an intuition that no one really else has about your baby. Whether it’s knowing when to put the baby down for a nap or when your toddler is telling a fib, mothers know best. There’s a reason you should always trust your gut.
Life is full of emotion
Motherhood is one of life’s greatest gifts because suddenly your life is filled with so much meaning. You finally slept through an entire night without waking up to change a diaper or rock the baby back to sleep? Time to celebrate. Poorly drawn scribbles of your little family holding hands? Those can bring you to tears. Once you’ve had a child, you experience an entirely different kind of emotion because, when it comes to your baby, your heart knows no bounds.
The smallest thing can have the biggest impact
Chaotic days can get the best of you––especially in early motherhood. But all of a sudden, the smallest things can have the greatest impact. Hearing your child tell you they love you can send your heart for a ride. And although sticky, lollipops can turn a day around––and that’s a proven fact.
No matter how prepared you are for your newborn, there are certain things you can only understand about the gift of motherhood once you’re a mom. Leave your own realizations in the comments--we’ll meet you there!
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