Confessions of a New Mom

So I’ve only been doing this whole mom thing for a short time {5 months next week!} but I feel like I’ve learned SO MUCH since January. Being a mom is obviously a very rewarding job, I love my little man more than anything in this world, but let’s be honest, just like anything else in life – it’s got it’s ups and downs. The first few months were super tough, especially with the lack of sleep & constant nursings but things have really settled into a great groove the past few weeks {knock on wood – I’m sure as I type this everything will shortly be changing again!}

Confessions of a New Mom

Today I wanted to share with you {some of } my confessions of a new mom. Here’s what’s been going on in my world with my new little man over the past {almost!} 5 months, what I’ve struggled with and a few things I’ve learned along the way.

Check out MY confessions & feel free to share YOURS too!

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1- Sleep is a Luxury – I feel like I am out of the thick of the newborn/new baby lack of sleep craziness as we have been enjoying a more consistent sleep schedule the past few weeks {more on sleep in another post coming later this week! stay tuned!} But you really have no idea how little sleep you can actually function on until you have a new baby in your home. I wish I could say that I really rested up during pregnancy, but sleeping in the third trimester isn’t easy either!

2- Showers are {Also} a Luxury – In the beginning, I easily lost track of the days and was basically only living in the time between feedings. When my husband was home the first few weeks & then my mom came to stay with us & help, it was easy to take a few minutes everyday to reboot – and a warm shower was the perfect thing! After the first month & I was on my own, it was harder to find time to make sure the baby was happy, the dog was happy & I could sneak a shower. Luckily, Brooks enjoys the sound of water, {I assume it sounds calming to babies?} so setting him up in the rock & play in the bathroom with me and turning on some Disney Pandora tunes usually bought me enough time to grab a quick shower. But let me tell you, I very much enjoy my time alone in the shower & don’t take one minute of it for granted, because it can quickly be brought to an abrupt stop with a crying baby!

3- Crazy Hair Loss – After you have a baby, your hair will fall out. Like, A LOT OF IT. I’ve been consistently taking my prenatal vitamins everyday {since before I was even pregnant!} and I’ve heard that if you continue to take them after the delivery that it helps with hair loss, but mine just falls out all the time! It’s nuts! I’ve heard it slows down a bit around 6 months so I have that to look forward to, but if you are pregnant be prepared to lose a crazy amount of hair! Seriously, the amount will surprise you – brace yourself!

4- Coffee + Wine Are My Friends – I was never much of a coffee drinker until becoming a new mom – I look forward to my cup {or two!} each morning. It’s a routine I know I need to cut back on, especially now that I am sleeping more, but I seriously love having my morning coffee {with Hazelnut creamer, my new vice}. On the flip side of that, I also very much enjoy a glass of wine each night. It’s the little things but it’s so nice to be able to relax for a few minutes with my husband and have a glass of wine. I {obviously} didn’t drink during my pregnancy or the first few weeks after delivery {to get in the nursing groove} but now that I am able to have a glass of wine each night, I really enjoy it too.

5- Enjoy the Early Bird Special – Aside from not being able to go out too much with a newborn, now that Brooks is on a more consistent sleeping schedule {again, more on that in another post!}, if we want to go out for dinner or drinks we have to make sure we are home by 7pm for bedtime. It’s a completely new life for us – but I will take it if he sleeps through the night! But unless we have a babysitter, we are home by 7pm every night!

6- Cereal is a Food Group – As a new mom, cereal has seriously become a new food group for me. Nursing makes me SO HUNGRY ALL.THE.TIME. so grabbing some Cherrios {my fav} is always an easy go-to snack {or sometimes meal}. Yogurt is also a quick and easy treat too. I’ve recently been able to make time to make actual meals, but for a while there, making health eating a priority was not easy. Thank goodness for frozen dinners I made pre-baby!

7. Find a Way to Workout with Baby –  I am at home with our little man all day, but finding the time to workout has always been a priority for me. With the nice weather {and my running stroller!} it’s been nice to enjoy the sunshine outside – and any excuse to get outside is a good one! I like taking part in Stroller Strides & yesterday took part in a Mama + Baby Barre class but for me, it’s been easier to take Brooks along to some sort of exercise than to figure out childcare & working around a nursing schedule. Do you have any workout recommendations with a baby?

8- Got Gas? – Aside from the whole extra time, energy & effort it takes to eat healthy, sometimes it doesn’t work for Brooks. I’ve noticed that the more salads I eat, the more gas it causes Brooks {since we are exclusively nursing} which makes him super uncomfortable. It’s been a bit challenging now to not only make sure I’m eating {again, nursing makes me crazy hungry} but to watch what I’m eating to see how it affect Brooks. I look forward to the day where I can eat Brussels sprouts again!

9 – Do One Thing – The best piece of advice my mom gave me was to simply try to accomplish one thing each day &  be proud of crossing something off my list. Whether it be doing a load of laundry or going for a run – find one thing that needs to be done each day, make sure you do it {however big or small} and consider it a good day!

10- Fresh Air is Good for the Soul – I make it a point to get outside at least once every day. This is easy to do now that the weather is gorgeous and we have a pup that needs walking, but it’s so nice to take some time outside every single day. Brooks loves being outside & when he’s fussy it calms him down. It also helps him when he is in need of a nap, so we always make sure we get outside each day!

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Now it’s your turn –

What are YOUR Confessions as a {new} Mom?

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3 Comments

  • Reply Patty O June 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Your confession list is right on – glad to see you are taking “Motherhood” and its daily grin in stride! So very proud of you!

  • Reply Wiggs June 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Totally agree with so much of this! Clara’s bedtime is actually 6 (we start her routine at 5:30) so we don’t have an evening life without a babysitter. But she sleeps about 12.5 hours a night, so I’m not messing with it! Also, I shower about once a week. There. I said it. Regarding Brussels sprouts – as a vegetarian I freaked out when someone told me to avoid certain gassy foods (cruciferous veggies, specifically). Kellymom is my trusted source for all things breastfeeding related and it put my mind at ease. http://kellymom.com/nutrition/mothers-diet/mom-foods/#gassyfood

  • Reply Tiff G. June 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I truly enjoy my morning coffee and quiet time in the mornings and a glass of wine at night! My big confession is that breastfeeding was really hard for the first month and I wanted to give up so many times, but now, 10 weeks in, I’m glad I stuck with it.

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