There are so many things I learn (and remember) as a parent when I have a newborn in the house:
*I quickly remembered how LOUD our house is. (The fire alarm went off one morning at 5 am..she didn’t budge. An hour later our floor creaked and she was wide awake.)
*I don’t know how I ever stayed up until 12 or 1 am in college and woke up at 6 with no problem. It’s all making me feel a little old.
*There isn’t a better smell than a newborn. I could literally eat. her. up.
*I forgot how quickly you have to change a diaper or you have another diaper and a whole bed to change too!
*I forgot how amazing it feels to put your finger in their hand and have them grip tightly on to you. It reminds me how fully she depends on me.
*I’m learning really quickly how much her 21 month old brother adores her, and shows it with poking, prodding and kisses. The kisses are the sweetest thing to watch. The poking and prodding are not.
*I HAD forgotten what REALLY tired feels like. I now remember.
*I’m remembering the aroma of spit up all over your shirt quite well now…and how I just keep wearing it so I don’t have more laundry to do.
*oh laundry…..there is just too much of you.
*I keep learning just how much I love being a mother. It’s hard. It’s frustrating. It’s tiring. It requires ALL of you. BUT I’ve never done anything great and rewarding that isn’t all of those things. And this certainly is.
funny story: i took pics of my daughter the other day for her 1 month pictures and did everything to get her to sleep. I nursed and rocked and had her perfectly sleeping 10 times, but as soon as I’d lay her down, she’d wake right up…so WIDE AWAKE is how she will remember herself at 1 month old….until…
I got done, dressed her in her clothes for the day and laid her in her seat. I came back to this: MILK COMA SLEEP. And there she laid and slept for the next 2 hours! Little stinker.
How about you? What are the best things you learned or remember from mothering?