Motherhood. I have discovered that this new role in my life is full of love, anxiety and lack of sleep! Yet, it has been a life changing and completely rewarding experience. This month I’ll be highlighting 6 things I learned my first 6 months in, as a new mommy. These are merely a collection of my experiences and advice for soon-to-be moms.
To save the best for last and to keep it short and sweet — this one is so valid and dear to my heart. I suppose it is kind of a two-for-one, but I believe it is important for any new mommy and I continuously remind myself of this daily.
#6. YOU DO YOU. Trust your gut and don’t compare yourself to others.
There is NO MANUAL, truly, on how to raise YOUR KID. You are going to figure it out as you go. The books that I recommended in the earlier part of this series are merely helpful tools to have in your tool-belt, but ultimately, you’re going to be the one who knows your child the best. You are going to know what to do if they cry a certain way, whine… ultimately make any sound what-so-ever, you’ll learn what it’s for and what it all means. Intuitively, you will just know. In the beginning, it does take some practice, but through patience and problem solving (you’ll create a little check list, trust me) — it will come. TRUST YOUR GUT! A parent’s instincts will kick in and all of a sudden, what you thought was hard will become second nature to you.
And lastly, DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS. What may work for one mom may not work for another. And in those moments when you go to your phone or computer and start scrolling through your Instagram or Facebook – remember – it is just a snippet of reality. Don’t compare. We all have our own stuff we are going through. I personally love following the moms that are REAL and that show even the bad times. We all need to be open to sharing our faults and lessons learned; and in so doing, we offer encouragement and support to each other.
I hope that this series has been helpful to you as you navigate your own motherhood path. If there are any other topics that you’d like me to write about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I’d love to hear from you and would be happy to share my experiences!
In case you missed the other parts of this 6 part series, check them out here: