Wednesday, October 28

10 things i have learned in 5 weeks...

So, I'm new at this. Obviously... Being a Mom is an awesome, crazy, new, difficult journey and worth every second of it. i just love my little guy so much and before they come you have NO IDEA how in love with them you will be. You have a glimpse, a thought, of how much you will love them but it is so different when they are here. You are WILLING to get thrown up on, peed on, pooped on, cried on, loved on, hurting back, migraines, hugged on, sucked on, hurting arms, little sleep, for their well-bring. As a Mom, you would do anything. It is CRAZY. While the last 5 weeks has been a blur at times and gone at lightning speed (slow down! I have to go back to work on November 30!) at others, there are a few things i remember and a few things i have learned in the process...

1. Keep everyone, including your husband, on a schedule. It just helps...and works. But just remember, you have about 2 hours to get things done in between feedings. And it goes FAST...sooooo...

2. Pee-pee tee-pees are not big enough to guard or soak up the amount of pee that comes out of these little ones. Use a wash cloth. And still take cover. (If only i had kept track of how many times in the last 5 weeks Matt and i have been peed on, or the amount of times we have allowed Davis to pee on HIMSELF. All over our hands, his clothes, his face, in his ear, everywhere...OOPS.)

3. It is amazing what a trip to Target will do for a girl...or just ANY trip out of the house

4. I am THAT MOM that takes at least 50 pictures a day (sometimes a 100...) of my sweet little guy and post them all over Facebook and Twitter (and soon to be all over this blog...sorry...) assuming that other people want to gawk at him like i do...

5. Seek the wisdom and help of other Moms. It will help keep you sane & showered.

6. Modesty has left the building...

7. I can actually run on less sleep than previously thought. AND even though i am a hard sleeper, i cannot in fact sleep thru baby cries.

8. Start early. You have no idea how much longer things actually take. (I had to call my pediatricians office the day of the 2 week check up because i was running late. I called AT THE TIME the appointment was to start and i was just getting in the car. This is what i said:
"Yes i am calling to let you know that i am running late for my son's appointment with Dr. Moss, but i am on my way. I should be there in the next 10 minutes."
"What time was your appointment ma'am?"
"Oh it was about 2 minutes ago...I'm new at this...I have no idea how long things take..."
She laughed at me and said it was ok, and that i would figure it out. Thanks. I sure hope so...

9. Infant Gas Drops. Bouncy vibrating chairs. wipe warmers. boppy. built in bra tops. One word sentences.

10. Pray. Pray over your baby. Pray for your baby. Pray for you. Pray for your husband. Pray for feedings and sleeping. Pray strength for your struggles. Pray over your fears. Pray to release your anxiety. Pray scripture. Pray to release any strongholds. Pray for wisdom. Pray for other people. Pray. And know that the list of things you need to pray about being a parent will always continue to grow and you will need the strength that comes from God and God alone.

12 comments:

racheljenae said...

Jenna, so glad to hear you're learning so much and loving motherhood! Not that i expected any differently. Great pictures too! Little mr davis is definitely already a hearthrob :)

Allyson said...

Look how much you are learning!! It's crazy how strong and creative and patient we become when that first child comes into your world. Enjoy every minute!

PS: I was that mom too that took tons of pictures. Take a ton now, because when they can walk, those pictures are far and few between. LOL

Beverly said...

Stopping over from SITS....you have a VERY cute baby!

Tracy P. said...

This is one of the most priceless posts I have ever read! I hope you have a lot of kids--you are already a wise mom, and more kids should have a chance at a mom like you. ;-)

#10 is my passion, but I LOVED #8. I'm proud of your dr's office for being so sweet to you.

mlavra said...

Incredible Jenna! You are an amazing mom! And every moment that Davis lives will forever be in your memory! That's how I feel with my Gracee! She's 8 months now, and time has flown by sooo fast! Sometimes I look at her & wish she was still a newborn so I could hold her forever! Now she squirms out of my grasp b/c she wants to crawl or stand up!

Ashley said...

He is just beautiful!! Sounds like you are getting adjusted very well to mommyhood. Congratulations!!

Stephanie Faris said...

You're still young so sleep is optional! That's why I'm not sure I could handle motherhood at my age (39) even IF I can manage to talk my boyfriend into starting over. He has a 9 year old and he's 44...the thought of going through all that again makes him tired!

mymcmlife said...

Fun post Jenna! I love your sense of humor and I'm going to save these tips for future reference! :)

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

Congratulations. Your little guy is so adorable. I am impressed with your list of 10. Keep taking those pictures. They become more and more precious over time.

Becca said...

As a fellow new mom (I have a 2 month old) I can FULLY appreciate this post! Especially the bit about being so late everywhere. We were a good 20 minutes late to that first doctor's appointment as well. I have decided EVERY mom's little secret is a great trip to Target - with or without your little one. And no one can ever tell you how important it is to pray!
Love the blog and your little guys is adorable.
(BTW - I'm Brent's wife from Unum...)

Jayne Weber said...

I just loved reading this post!... Davis is a doll!! I know you are just enjoying every minute (pee accidents and all! LOL)... Totally agree that a trip to Target & a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks makes it all better sometimes! :)

Maegan Roper said...

This is great, Jenna! I can already tell that you will be an amazing Mom and that He will continue to mold you into the mother and woman of Christ that He longs for you to be. I loved reading the tips and words of wisdom... do expect for many questions in the coming weeks... i need to soak up all the mommy knowledge i can! Continued prayers for you and your precious fam...