Next week marks one whole year of being a Mummy and I’m definitely feeling the gravity of this! It’s made me think about the crazy adventure we’ve been on this past 12 months and how much has changed. I am feeling very nostalgic and have been reflecting on our time with a Baby Knight.
As a result, here are 10 things I’ve learned since becoming a Mother.
1. Turns out you can survive on a few hours of broken sleep a night. It’s feels like torture at times, but you can survive!
2. Each stage passes so quickly. They aren’t newborns for very long and every time you blink they have learned something else and change. Sometimes you just need to ignore your laundry pile mountain and cuddle. Time is so precious!
3. I don’t think you can fully understand a parents love for a child until you become one. I definitely didn’t anyway. It’s intense to say the least, and I think this makes you appreciate your own parents more.
4. Don’t buy expensive baby clothes unless you’re happy for them to be stained yellow.
5. Trust your instincts. Nobody knows your baby like you do. At one point we were at the doctors every week with bronchitis/eczema/vomiting or just getting Baby Knight weighed and wanting to chat to a Health Visitor. I was that crazy mother and I didn’t care! If you’re not happy, seek help.
6. Coinciding with that, be confident in the decisions you make as they are what works for your family. I used to feel almost apologetic when admitting that we enjoy co-sleeping, like it was a massive secret and people would think I was an irresponsible parent. After a year I’ve grown in confidence and I’m proud of our family.
7. This is a tricky one. Try not to compare yourselves to others. You can only see what people choose to portray. So someone’s baby slept through at 5 weeks and someone else’s baby crawled at 4 months and someone else has an immaculate house blah blah blah. Just do you.
8. Don’t get stressed about the baby weight. Just look after yourself and your baby. You’ll get there.
9. Don’t be too proud to accept help. I used to want to look like I was Super Woman and could juggle everything on my own and didn’t want to burden anyone. Accept people’s offers of help, they are sincere and you’ll feel so much better.
10. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your baby will be. So they were half an hour late for their sleep? Never mind! Just don’t get stressed about the little things and life will be much more enjoyable. It’s taken me some time to accept that my TV will always have fingerprints on it and I’ll probably always have snot and carrot puffs smeared on my jeans. It’s all good fun!
Please feel free to join in and add your lessons learned. I really wanted to avoid describing parenting as ‘a journey’ but I’m afraid it’s a clichè for a reason!
Thanks for reading,
Knight Mummy x