So much has changed over the past five and a half weeks since little man was born. While I love my little man dearly, there are some changes that I either wasn’t expecting, or I was hoping I’d avoid having happen to me. When you read and/or hear stories from other mothers about how their lives were altered by the presence of a baby at home, you often think or say to yourself, “Oh that won’t happen to me!” While I’ve been able to avoid facing some of those scenarios, others have simply been unavoidable.
So what are some of these new realities that I’ve had to face, or what I’m deeming “Signs You’re a New Mom”? (Some of these I expected to have happen, but others I could have never predicted would have happened.)
1. You used to be able to shower, eat, and pretty much do anything you wanted at whatever time you wanted. Now, your world revolves around baby and that means that even things as simple as taking a shower have to be scheduled, particularly around baby’s eating and napping routine.
2. Working out used to be so much a part of your routine that if you missed one day, it wasn’t a huge deal. Now, you fit a work out in when you can and see it as a chance to escape the house and have a little “me” time. Some days, that “me” time is so necessary, especially on days when baby has been extra fussy.
3. Prior to becoming a mom, you’d come home from the gym and immediately shower. Now, you come home, feed the baby, put them to bed, eat your own dinner, and then decide that its about time that you finally get in the shower.
4. You thought you were great at multitasking, and then multitasking is taken to an entirely new level once baby enters the picture. When the baby is crying and things need to be done, you figure out a way to do it, such as balancing both the baby and the laptop on your lap because the baby cries whenever you try to put them down but at the same time you have time sensitive things that need to be taken care of online.
5. What constitutes a “clean” house also takes on an entirely new meaning. Prior to baby being born, you thought that having a clean house meant that it was spotless – everything was put away, dusted, and well kept, and that there wasn’t any dirty laundry. Now, a “clean” house simply means that things are relatively tidy, there aren’t dirty dishes in the sink, and that the dirty laundry pile is manageable.
QOTD: What was one reality that you had to face as a new mother?
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