No one ever said being a mom is an easy job, and if they did they would be lying to you. Mind you, I throughly love every single minute of being a mommy. Taking care of a child is incredibly rewarding and worth every single second of it. It is easily one of the greatest and most wonderful gifts in the whole entire universe. You get to watch another human being grow and learn, all while being their caregiver, teacher, and biggest fan.
Up until you have a child you don’t fully understand what it’s like to care for another person 24/7, 365 days a year, every year for the rest of forever. Sure, we care for our family members and significant others, along with friends, but not in the same way you care for your own children. You don’t know patience like a parent truly knows patience. Fear is also something thrown into the mix of things you do not have a large grasp on until you’re the one having to kill that ginormous spider in the corner that your toddler is freaking out about, all while your biggest fear is freaking spiders.
Here is a short list of things I have learned so far on this journey called motherhood. I’m sure later on down the road I will create another blog on this very topic.
- A small person becomes your number one priority. When my son was a small newborn he was very sick with pyloric stenosis. I spent many sleepless nights just to make sure he was ok until the diagnosis and surgery to fix this issue. To me, I could care less if I get sleep just to make sure my precious baby is ok.
- Patience is a virtue. Throughout my whole life I have always been a very patient person. I think a large part of that had to do with being in band, especially marching band, and holding leadership roles all through various jobs and school. Having a child has turned me into an even more patient person. You are your child’s biggest teacher, which means you have to learn to slow down and teach your baby everything. It’s a very rewarding experience!
- Becoming the role model you need to be. Babies, toddlers, and children watch and follow all of your actions. When they start talking they say everything they hear you say. While Michael hasn’t started talking to much yet (just the basic hello, bye bye, mama, etc.) I try my very best to watch what I say around him because he is getting to the talking age. I had various role models growing up and until I became a mother I never considered myself to be a role model. However, now I try my best for my son. I want him to always look up to me and come to me throughout his life with anything that is bothering him. Toddlers are incredibly impressionable! Trust me, when I cook he needs pots and pans too so he can cook beside of me. 🙂
- Being afraid of bugs is a thing of the past. Every time Michael sees a bug, he freaks out! It is probably the cutest thing in the world, but he truly hates bugs!! The hardest issue with this is I hate bugs too! However, I am no longer the one that can call my mommy to come in my room and kill the spider I was talking about before. I’m the one that has to get that bug away from my little man. Obviously if someone else is around they get the honor of taking that bug outside, or killing that super creepy spider. 😉
- Spending money carelessly doesn’t happen anymore. Before motherhood I would see something I wanted really bad and just go buy it. My spending habits have changed tremendously and money now goes to toddler clothes that get outgrown super fast, diapers and wipes that never seem to be in surplus in my house (thank goodness we’re potty training!!), toys, and the list could go on forever.I have become so much better at budgeting since becoming a parent, which is also a great thing for me.
While this list could go on forever, this blog post is starting to look like a novel so I will save more for another day. Like I’ve said before, I wouldn’t trade being a mommy for anything in this world. It is seriously the best and most rewarding gift I have ever been given and it has truly changed me in so many great ways as a person.
What are some things you have learned along the way as a parent?