Three and a half months into this gig and already I’m worn out! Or maybe I’m just getting the hang of things? Hats off too all you moms out there, I have a whole new respect for your profession (I guess it’s our profession now). I never really imagined what my days would be like with a new baby in the house.  I believe I had some idea of what things might be like but the reality isn’t exactly what I had expected. Here are some of the lessons I have learned so far:

  • It’s never up to me whether we get to any place on time, rather, it’s up to Céline
  • And it’s out of my control whether we even get to leave the house some days
  • A baby’s cry can really shake you to your core, even more so when you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to be helping
  • Laundry and dishes have new meaning: cleaning diapers covers 5-7 times a day, cleaning, boiling and filling bottles, a million loads of baby clothes, wipes, receiving blankets and not to mention all of mommy’s clothing that is covered with spit up
  • I can survive on a lot less sleep than I thought and survive the day without napping
  • Sure, you’re supposed to sleep when baby sleeps – but that’s if baby sleeps for more than 30 min at a time. And when are you supposed to shower or eat? I’ll take food over a nap any day.
  • Sweatpants are official mommy wardrobe – either that or maternity jeans. Who are these women who fit back into their regular clothes right after giving birth?
  • Sharing a room with my baby certainly interferes with other parts of my life (know what I mean?)
  • Working from home is a thing of the past, at least for now. I never know when she will be napping and never know when she’ll wake up. Try making a professional phone call with that hanging over your head!
  • It’s a treat when I get a few minutes to hang out on my laptop and find out what’s going on the world. Without my new Blackberry Curve, I doubt I’d ever answer emails.
  • Texting is a mommy’s way of communicating. You never know when the baby’s sleeping or nursing or fussing or crying so it’s the best way to connect.  Try talking on the phone with a crying baby – doesn’t work.
  • The most dangerous thing while driving is not texting – it’s a crying baby who is inconsolable. Try to concentrate on the road when you precious baby is screaming and crying in the back seat.
  • A smile or giggle from baby makes everything else melt away.
  • Daddies are very useful people, especially when I’m exhausted and have had it with the crying already.
  • You can never go back to the way life was before, your world is changed forever and that’s pretty amazing. Sure, there are times when I do miss some of the parts of my life before Céline, but I love her with all of my heart and will love her forever.

To all you new parents out there, and even to those who are more experienced at this parenting thing – please share some of your lessons with the rest of us!

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