My sweet baby turned one over the weekend and has officially entered Toddler-dom. While it’s been an incredibly exciting time to see her learning real words, taking her first wobbly steps, and growing into her own personality, a part of me mourns my “little baby” that isn’t so little anymore. I see now why people decide to have more! 😉 Just kidding…maybe?
In honor of her first birthday, I decided to write about the truths of motherhood (or fatherhood)– things I’ve learned over the past year with an infant.
- You will be able to function on less sleep than you ever imagined possible. That’s what coffee is for– any time of day or night– whatever it takes.
You really don’t mind the smell of baby poop. Admit it, it’s not that bad!
Your baby is the most fascinating thing. Ever. You could seriously sit and watch her just do her thing for hours.
You won’t “break” your baby. You’ll be a helicopter parent for those first nerve-wracking few weeks, but after a year you won’t even sweat it when your baby is walking, and therefore falling, a lot.
Your house will look like a Babies-R-Us showroom, and you’ll be ok with that. Forget your dreams of a magazine-worthy living room, if it keeps baby happy and busy you’ll be all for it!
You will let your baby watch TV. And they will survive. Once you figure out that you can buy yourself a half-hour nap with a play-pen and TV, you’ll be sold. Rested mom = happy mom. You might even find yourself singing baby show songs shamelessly…with no kids around.
Putting on jeans becomes your new definition of “dressing up.” Wearing makeup is now a really, really big deal (usually reserved for church, weddings, and the very rare date night.)
Your day now revolves around the blessedly quiet hour that is “nap time.” Never mess with nap time– it’s just not worth it.
Seeing your baby cry is the worst thing in the world. You’ll try and do anything to make it all better.
You won’t be able to imagine life before baby. It’s just not possible– and why would you want to? Being a parent is exhausting, a little scary, and so much work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Happy birthday my sweet Annabelle!
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Happy Birthday Annabelle!
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
Thank you! Can’t believe it’s been a year already 🙂