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This past year was my first year of motherhood, and boy was it trying. I’m sleep deprived, drowning in laundry, and I’ve spent more time with my breast pump than I have with my husband (who is also exhausted). Almost every new mom that I’ve met has found her life to be similar to mine, which made me realize something. When we chat, we often bring up the downsides of being new parents. I get it, we need to vent and ease our minds a little. However, what about all the good stuff?
To lighten the mood on parenthood a little, I wanted to share with you a few things that I love the most about being a new mom. Some things are funny, some are just truths. Either way, I hope my little list will help an over-whelmed mom to look on the bright side, or remind a mom-to-be that everything will be okay. Spoiler alert: there is a sweet coupon for you all at the end of the post!
1. I get to see pure happiness almost all the time.
When my babies smile, I smile. It’s that simple. The innocence of childhood amazes me every single day. My twins are only one, and seriously, they only care that they aren’t starving or tired. They don’t care what the house looks like, what they’re wearing, or that I haven’t washed my hair in three days. Babies don’t fake smiles, so when I see their faces light up, I know that they are honestly happy. It makes me enjoy making them smile even more. This is something that I didn’t fully appreciate until becoming a mom.
2. Being a new mom forces you to plan ahead and get organized (a little).
Before my babies arrived, making a “plan” just meant having an idea of what I might eat for dinner. My husband and I worked together, went to the gym together, and so on. Our days were pretty routine, and as for anything else we did, we just decided on the fly. Being a new mom, you can’t do that. Before leaving the house, you need to have your diaper bag packed, your grocery list written, and maybe check to see if your clothes match (maybe). Don’t forget your wallet, your phone, and so on. No one wants to be stuck without these things, with screaming babies in their car. Since my life as a parent began, I’ve been about 200% more prepared for ANYTHING than I ever was before. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still not super organized or a great planner, but at least I can see beyond my next meal.
3. I want to be a better person than ever before.
Okay, no one walks around wanting to be less of a person, right? Sometimes though, we can lose motivation on the road to bettering ourselves. My kids have become a great source of motivation for me. They are constantly teaching me things, and the more I learn from them, the better I want to become FOR them. Because of them, I want to be “better” at life. A better mom, wife, cook, friend, and so on. I want to be a good example, to live long enough to see them get married, to be there for them when their hearts are broken. I want to be better at all the things!
4. My priorities have automatically shifted, and it’s a good thing.
A few years ago, I would prioritize working out as the first activity I would do with my free time. Now, my free time goes to my family and all things baby. Why? Because I’m not going to lose all of my fitness just because I miss a workout here or there. I’ve also realized that I would rather play with my kids than shop for something I don’t need, go out drinking, or vacuum twice a day (sometimes I did that). These guys are only going to be little for so long, and I don’t want to miss it. Luckily for me, priorities naturally shifted, and I just want to be around them.
5. I’ve bonded more with my “mom friends.”
So, I wasn’t the first of my friends to have babies. In fact, I tried to remain close with my good friends who had little ones and thought I had done a good job. Let me tell you what though, once the twins were born, I felt even closer with those friends. If you have a problem, chances are that they’re going through, or have gone through the same thing and are a great source of advice or shoulder to lean on. I’ve even met some moms through social media, who’ve shared so much information on things as simple as being a twin mom, to dealing with mastitis. Being a new mom can be lonely, and I’m grateful to be navigating the road of motherhood with such great friends.
Since so many great moms have shared tips and offered advice to me, I’d love to share something with you all. Caring for babies can get pricey, so by following this link, you’ll find a printable coupon for $1 off of your next purchase of Luvs diapers. Known as the official diaper of experienced parents, Luvs provides premium protection for a lower price than premium brands. Featuring large stretch tabs for super easy fastening and ultra-leakage protection, the diapers are softer and more absorbent than ever before. The coupon is good for all Luvs diapers (minus travel/trial packages!) at any grocery, mass, or discount store where Luvs are sold, until 30 days past the date that you choose to print it. Just an FYI, if you’re not happy, Luvs even offers a money-back guarantee. How great is that?
If you’re in the mood to #ShareTheLuv, feel free to comment with what you love most about being a mom!