Having a child makes you realize the importance of life – narcissism goes out the window. Heaven on earth is looking at my little boy. The minute he was born, I knew if I never did anything other than being a mom, I’d be fine. – Jenny McCarthy quotes
I couldn’t have said it better myself, becoming a mother changes your life in so many ways. Some of them are huge changes that we notice, and others go by unseen. I’ve noticed a lot of changes I’ve personally gone through since becoming a mom, some good and some bad. That’s why today’s post is about 20 Positive things I’ve learned since becoming a mother.
1. No matter how hard I try to move things (bottles, diapers..etc) with my mind….they will never obey.
2. Poop is bound to get on something…the same goes for pee & vomit. (Correction: Poop gets on everything….EVERYTHING!)
3. There is no such thing as a hot meal, but the bonus is that I never accidentally burn my mouth.
4. Kids gets hurt, we can do everything by the book but kids get hurt. From scrapped knees to dislocated shoulders, it’s just a part of life. (Refer to “Catching it up” for my experience with that.)
5. I can and will get everything done, it just doesn’t have to be right now. I’ve learned to drop the self-pressure.
6. Kids (my daughter for sure) never shut-up….never. From stories about booger monsters, to In-depth descriptions of the latest rock they found. I’ve learned to find interest in even the littlest of things.
7. My middle child has a heart defect (“MunchkinIntroduction” for a look into that.) this taught me a whole new respect for parents with special needs children.
8. Before I had kids I may have judged a family or two for a crying toddler in public. My kids have breakdowns sometimes, after becoming a mom I realized that kids and adults aren’t all that different. Adults rant and rave, kids throw a fit. I’ve learned to be more understanding, after all – I sometimes want to throw myself to the floor kicking and screaming as well.
9. Leaving the house isn’t a quick grab for the keys, purse and shoes anymore. Now it’s a mini-mommy marathon of tasks and challenging your memory as you try not to forget everything you need, in order to meet everyone else’s needs. I’ve learned a whole new side of patience.
10. I didn’t grow up in an overly loving family, I can’t remember a lot of hugs, or I love you (s). Becoming a mom has taught me to be more affectionate.
11. I’ve never been one to cry at the drop of a hat. Now, I’ve learned that having kids softens you in some ways. Movies, or news about a parent watching their child die, affects you so differently now. Truly, many thing affect you in a whole new way.
12. Before parenthood, life was carefree. Now I have concerns for so many things, from my own child’s well-being to others well-being. I’ve learned what it really means to care.
13. I’ve learned that you never know the meaning of busy until you’ve walk a mile in a moms shoes.
14. I use to think my mother was crazy (okay, I still do), but I’ve learned a new admiration for mothers, we all have the right to be a little crazy.
15. We could follow every guideline out there and still fail, or get things wrong. I’ve learned that imperfection is perfection and that beauty as well as perfection, is merely in the eyes of the beholder.
16. Sometimes things don’t go as planned, more so true when you have kids. I’ve learned to accept the things I cannot change for what they are and how to enjoy the good times more.
17. From questions like “what’s sex and whose god” I’ve learned to think on my feet quicker than I ever knew possible.
18. Countless nights of juggling kids, dinner and dishes all at once has taught me that my super power is the ability to multitask like the flash could move.
19. Cold dinners, sleepless nights and constantly placing my kids before me, has taught me to not be selfish.
20. Drool on my food or in my cup, catching vomit in a plate while still eating my dinner and countless toxic diapers, have taught me I can handle anything….even the grossest of things.
Over all, motherhood has taught me that I am strong and that I am doing what I was meant to do. What is the biggest thing motherhood has taught you?