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Prior to having children, I worked for a large bank as an assistant banking center manager and I loved it. When I found out I was pregnant, my husband and I made the decision I would stay home with our kids until they went to school. I was beyond thrilled to become a mother. I wanted to witness the beauty of children with my own eyes versus hearing about it through day care staff. This is nothing against those that work full-time. I am jealous now actually, I would love to go back to work. Let me tell you about the 10 things I have learned about motherhood!
Showers are so glorious, washing away dirt, puke, kid pee, lord knows what. But, I have found they are very different to take alone. I typically have kids running in and out of the bathroom, pulling the shower curtain back and soaking the entire bathroom. In the meantime, you are freezing and now trying to rush your shower. Many times I do not realize I forgot to wash out my conditioner until after I am already out! Huge pain the in the but. So lesson number 1, when you have the time to shower while someone else is watching your kids… do it, let the water run down your back, and make that shower hot!
2. Accept Help When Help is Needed
I am one of the most stubborn people I have ever known. I can do things myself and if I want something done right then it will be done by me! So when I had newborns at home, I was still stubborn and denied the help from others. I survived, actually I was very successful but I did that under a lot of stress. Lesson 2, make your life easier by accepting help from others. Accept a warm meal, accept someone folding your clothes or doing your dishes and accept them scrubbing your bathroom if they offer.
3. Put Your Phone Down
I get it, you want to record every single moment of your child’s life, but guess what, you are behind the camera or phone but you are not actually present in the moment. Set your phone down and soak that moment into your mind, remember the moment there. Pictures do not last forever but the memories will. This is lesson 3, unplug your life and you will be amazed on how much happier you will be.
4. Create a Meal Plan
I do not use fancy meal planners although I think I may start because I have lots of weekly meal plans built up by now. But essentially, create a meal plan for the week, include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then, create your grocery list. Print your recipes, list and meal plan. Place it in a binder, add to it every week and before long you will no longer have to plan, you just flip through your binder and your good to go. Lesson 4, plan your meals and never grocery shop without a list! Check out this meal planner! Super cute!
5. Even Stay at Home Moms Need Schedules
One my oldest first arrived I did not put a lot of thought into schedules. But let me tell you something my life is more scheduled now that is was when I was employed. But the thing is, we all function better on a schedule. So grab your self a planner, like one this! I love it, its happy and pretty! So lesson 5, get your s**t together.
6. Get Organized
Your life will be so much easier if you can get your house organized. Lessons 6, keep your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, living room, keep everything in order. Why? This makes cleanup so much easier and faster. As a mother, you are so busy that keeping a clean house is a giant pain in the butt, but, if you are organized than cleaning up can be a breeze.
7. Communicate With Your Spouse
Communication is key no matter your parents or not. But, sometimes with children, your lives can get so busy and chaotic that you might not communicate that way you used to. Create time to hang out with your spouse, create conversation, laugh and enjoy your time. Keep in mind, they can not read your mind, they can’t usually see when you struggle and need help. Do not nag them, but communicate and let them know if you have troubles. You are a team, lesson 7, communicate
8. Amazon Mom
Become an Amazon member, I can not stress this enough, check this out here! I promise, you will love it. So diapers, wipes, formula, whatever it may be; the subscription saves you money! Lesson 8, Amazon is your friend!
Life is full of many lessons, it is best to take them with open eyes and open arms. Take the lessons I have learned to heart, and think about how they could help you. Motherhood is pure joy!