Ten Things I’ve Learned in My First Month of Motherhood

Hannah turns one month old tomorrow, and I can’t believe how quick time has flown! I thought it’d be fun to write down a few things I’ve learned in my first month of motherhood. These aren’t complaints, but rather things I’ve had to “figure out” along the way. Hope you other mamas can relate, and if not, maybe you’ll giggle at them anyway!

Ten Things I've Learned in My First Month of Motherhood

The things I’ve learned in my first month of motherhood {in no particular order}:
{1} Reheating coffee fourteen times a day is the new norm. I’m a slow coffee drinker as it is, but with the little one in the house, I don’t get to drink two sips before it’s cold!

{2} Plan to take twice as long to get myself and Hannah ready for anything. I’ve been able to get ready for church before Caleb leaves, but it still takes time to get Hannah ready! And if she doesn’t like getting in the car seat for some reason, it takes a bit longer to calm her down and try again. I don’t love being late, so I’m learning to budget extra time before anything!

{3} Babies sleep a lot, but that doesn’t mean they sleep all day. Hannah slept almost all the time when she was first born, but she now likes to have “play time” after eating during the day… This was an adjustment for me because I thought she needed to go right to sleep after I fed her. I would get frustrated because she was wide awake while I wanted to get dishes or laundry done. I couldn’t get her to go to sleep. Then I realized that maybe she needed play time, and it’s gone so. much. better. She still sleeps well, but I usually let her “play” for a while after she eats before she goes down for a nap! Dishes and laundry can wait. She’s not going to be little forever!

{4} Eating a warm meal is almost impossible! I’m exaggerating a bit here, but for a while it seemed that every time a meal was on the table, she would wake up ready for food, a diaper change, or attention! See number one… I’ve reheated my dinner a few times in the last month!

{5} Taking a shower is overrated. Haha! Just kidding about this. I’m a shower-every-day kinda gal. BUT it’s a speedy shower these days, and it isn’t on a schedule anymore! I’m usually able to feed her and lay her on the ground for play time while I hop in and out… On Sundays, I try to get completely ready before Caleb leaves for church. So far it’s working well.

{6} Speaking of scheduling… What’s that?! We pretty much just go with the flow these days, and it’s been an adjustment for this Type A gal… I’m thankful that the Lord worked flexibility in me before Hannah was born, but it’s so different for me to not follow a schedule!

{7} All the things we thought we would do are non-existant these days… Not really, but we’re a lot more flexible than we thought we’d be. For example, I thought I’d get Hannah on a schedule where she ate every three hours… I’m a lot more “on-demand” than I imagined I would be. We didn’t want Hannah to be “in charge” of our lives. But really. My perspective has changed a bit. Oh, and we said we would never put her in bed with us. We don’t sleep with her, but she definitely shares the bed more than we thought she would. Snuggle sessions are just way to sweet to pass up!

{8} Everyone loves babies. Well, almost everyone. I didn’t realize we’d she’d get as much attention as she has. I suppose part of it could be that we prayed for her for so long, but she is one loved baby! Even the kiddos {especially the little girls} are fascinated with her! It’s really such a sweet blessing to know she’s loved by so many!

{9} Sleep is overrated. To be honest, she does really well through the night, and I’m able to stay mostly rested. BUT, it is way different to not get a full night’s sleep… Especially when you enjoy sleep as much as I do! Haha… I love our extra snuggle sessions through the night {and this season will pass way to quickly}, so I’m soaking it in while I still can.

{10} Being a mom is the. single. very. best. most. important. very. best. job. I. could. ask. for. Seriously. I am so blessed {and thankful} to be Hannah’s mama… I pray daily for wisdom and grace as I try to be the mama God wants me to be, but I am so thankful for the opportunity to be Hannah’s mama. It’s the job I’ve dreamed of for years, and God heard my prayers. Words can’t explain just how blessed I feel.

And because every blog post needs a picture… Our church had a pumpkin patch for the kiddos after church, so I {naturally} had to put Hannah in her {still slightly too big} pumpkin sweater and take a picture! She was the cutest little pumpkin in the patch!

Ten Things I've Learned in My First Month of Motherhood

Well, it’s late. I haven’t stayed up this late since before Hannah was born {unless you count getting up in the middle of the night, obviously}. I’m thinking she should be about ready to eat, so it’s time to wrap this up. Hope you enjoyed {and can relate to} my list of things learned!

Your turn: What did you learn in the early days of being a mama? Leave a comment below!

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