A bit of background might be helpful for anyone new or whom I've been out of touch with for a while.
If my world had a bumper sticker, it would probably say something like "the sweet life." I'm a pretty lucky girl who has a pretty amazing life. I'm married to my college sweetheart (who just so happens to be a hilarious yet supportive guy who knows just how to challenge me and keep me on my toes). I have a ton of hobbies that add joy to my life, keep me busy, and give me insight and adventure. I love traveling and am fortunate enough to be able to do quite a bit of it. After my husband and I moved to Virginia in 2008, we adopted two ultra-active (and adorable!) Vizsla puppies, who have brought us so much fun. And most recently (and perhaps most notably), we welcomed a baby boy into our loving family. I'll be staying home for a few years to watch over the munchkin. While I'm doing so, I'll be working on the book I started writing eons ago. I'm so lucky that Lauren and I are in a position that allows me to do this. I'm thrilled to stay home and raise our baby, and so excited to finally be free of a full-time job and able to devote the time needed to write a book.
Obviously, my hands are a bit full right now. Brayden turned 1 month old on Monday (see his photos in the gallery!) and I'm still getting used to having another person to take care of. A lot of people have asked me about his birth (and the first month!) so later this week I hope to detail the wonders of Brayden's first 30 days. Until then, I'll leave you with a list of things I've learned over the past month (aside from how to swaddle a baby and what to do when your baby doesn't want to poop for a week).
10 Things I've Learned After a Month of Motherhood
10. Babies are like puppies.
Cute ones bring smiles to strangers' faces, elicit "oooohs" and "aaaahhhs" and are conversation starters.
9. Murphy's Law is ten times stronger when you have a baby.
Just put a cute new outfit on your little one? Expect spit up, vomit or some other type of mess. Just put your baby down for a nap and are sitting down to eat something for the first time all day? You better believe the crying will start the second you go to take a bite.
8. It's okay for the house to be messy.
When you've gotten two hours of sleep and are carrying around a crying baby, you really don't notice those dirty dishes in the sink.
7. It's far easier to look good being pregnant then to look good being 1-month postpartum.
When you're nine months pregnant, looking "big" is cute. Not so much when you've had the baby. You still have a lot of weight to lose, your pre-pregnancy clothes don't fit yet, but your maternity-wear is designed to show off your "cute" bump. Not so good.
6. You have way more patience than you ever knew.
You might think you don't have much, but trust me, you do. When you have your own kids, you find a way to be more understanding, patient and kind. And when you're dealing with exhaustion and fussy babies, somehow things that used to bother you just don't.
5. There's just no avoiding baby talk or getting poop on you.
Both of them will happen. As much as you hope they won't. They will.
4. Raising a baby can be like magic.
Sometimes you just have to figure out the trick. After Brayden spent a few (long) days fussing and not sleeping, we tried out something new. We started a nighttime routine (yep, for an infant) where we gave the munchkin a bath, put him in (adorable!) pajamas, fed him, and tucked him into his crib with his musical lamb. Since then, he's been waking up only once or twice at night to eat and going right back to sleep afterwards. So exciting.
3. The baby-gear industry is insane.
We can't help but laugh at some of the crazy things that are out there. Like strollers with shocks on them. "What's that in our garage?" you ask. It's a stroller with shocks on it. "Checkmate" says the industry.
2. People love spoiling babies and helping mommies.
I'm so amazed at how many strangers offer to help me with my groceries or open doors for me when I've got the little man in tow. Lauren and I were also so touched by how many cards and gifts Brayden received after being born. He jokes that Brayden has more clothes than he does. But actually, it's not a joke. It's very, very real.
1. Sleep. Is. AMAZING.
It's one of those things you don't appreciate until it's gone. But really, I miss it more than a South Beach dieter misses carbs.
Am I forgetting any? What were some of the wonderful motherhood epiphanies you had in the early days?