5 Things I've Learnt Since Becoming A Mother

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Before we had Zach I read a lot about what it would be like to be a parent, and was told a lot too. I though I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, but really I didn't have a clue. I don't think you can ever understand what it is like until you have children yourself. So I thought I'd share some of the things I've learnt since becoming a mother so far:

1. It is like a marathon. Every. Single. Day. This is especially true at the very beginning with feeds every 3 hours, 24 hours a day. Being a parent is never ending and to begin with it can seem like you will never get a break again. We expected that looking after a newborn would be hard, but we didn't realise just how exhausting it is despite how much a baby sleeps! It's the broken sleep that's the real struggle.

2. It's a lot of trial and error. I read a lot about how after the first few weeks you would learn your baby's cry and know what was wrong. I guess to a certain extent this is true, but really I've found it to be more a case of trial and error. Especially at the beginning. If one thing didn't stop Zach's tears, I'd move onto the next, and so on, until I'd exhausted all possibilities. It does get easier, but the game is always changing, so there's always some level of trial and error.

3. You can still spend time with your friends. Now this one may just be the way it's worked for us, and if so then we're really lucky. But so far being parents hasn't massively limited our social lives in the way we had expected. As Zach's getting older he now has a bedtime  so it is getting slightly harder, but luckily our friends are very understanding. I think it's really important to keep up with your friends because otherwise being a parent can be quite isolating, especially when you're the only one with a child/children.

4. Bodily fluids aren't as gross anymore. Poo everywhere? No big deal. Vomit down my top? Standard. Wee all over the carpet? It'll dry. When you have a baby you will come into contact with bodily fluids that are not your own all day long. Essentially you get over it and learn that baby wipes are your best friend. Honestly, they can clean anything.

5. The love you have for your child is like nothing else. It is the most powerful feeling I have ever experienced, and I would honestly do anything for Zach. I had expected this one to be fair, as people always talk about how much they love their children. But I think it's a love that you could only ever experience and understand when you have children, and it's truly magical.

What did you learn when you became a parent?



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15 comments

  1. Lovely list! I learnt that I can survive on a lot less sleep than I thought I could! x #TheList

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  2. Great list! The love thing is far stronger than I ever expected! It's like nothing else. Seeing friends - yes totally - although more so when they are young. And travel - it can still be done - as I document in my blog. Love exploring the world together #thelist

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    1. I can't wait to travel with Zach! We had plans to go to Central America before I fell pregnant but Zach was a bit of a surprise so the plans been put on hold until he's a bit older!! xx

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  3. Haha this is a great list, I can relate to it all. I'm still trying to manage number 3, but I know it's possible and we are getting there. K x #thelist

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    1. I think at the moment for us it's not too hard as he's still so young but I think it is going to get much harder xx

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  4. Great list. I've lost quite a few friends as my girls grew older.
    But I do have only a handful of close friends and two very close friends. They are parents to, so they understand. I don't think I am friends with anyone who hasn't got a child!

    Great blog by the way! :) Found you through Mums Days linky!
    www.life-as-mum.co.uk

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    1. I only have a handful of friends with children at this point so for most of my friends babies are quite exciting!!! And thank you so much :) xx

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  5. Great post! I think number 4 was the biggest surprise to me personally lol!

    xx

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    1. Thank you lovely!! Haha me too, changing nappies terrified me before Zach! xx

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  6. Very true, I can't believe how I cope on such little sleep. It is all worth it though :) Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x
    x

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  7. Great list! Love the no.4 haha. Also I have learnt that Eating and sleeping are not natural things that babies do!!!! Which was a shock to me! Darn babies! xxx #thelist http://2littlefaces.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/lets-get-social.html

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  8. Love these, all so true, especially trial and error!

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