I'm a mom.
Geez. I can type the words but they don't seem to be true. I am a mom and with this world of new found responsibility, there has also been an influx of love and appreciation for the people that have helped me tremendously that I couldn't do without.
I know there are tons of new moms out there who like me probably spent countless hours on google trying to figure out why their LO was crying incessantly only because we didn't want to wake our parents up at 4 am.
The road to today was tough. From being in labor for an impossible amount of hours, to not having my spouse for the first few months of Sai's life, to popping my c-section stitches to now today deciding who is responsible for what when it comes to him.
Sai is at the amazing stage where he shows you something new every day that you had no idea he knew how to do or how to say. Besides the infant stage, I live for this.
Here are some things that I have learned that have helped Cor and I navigate parenthood for the last two years. (He's almost TWO omg!)
1. Boys give you terrible pregnancies
2. Boys are more gassy and colicky so spend extra time rubbing their back, moving their legs like a bicycle and giving them tummy time.
3. The infant stage is the only stage where they will need you every second of the day so take advantage of it and enjoy it!
4. Putting a baby on a schedule at 6 weeks will save you a world of headaches even passing the age of 1. Now, Sai tells me when he's ready to go to bed and it's usually before his bed time. To put him on a schedule I had to be very diligent with nap times and bed time and sometimes this required him crying it out.
5. The toddler stage is the cutest and most important because you get to mold their attitude and outlook on dealing with others.
6. Creating habits decreases tantrums because they know what to expect when certain things occur. I.E. once you give them a bath it's time to sleep.
7. Deflect tantrums by singing a song they love, or talking about an activity that they will do later. Bribing doesn't work for us because Sai always remembers the bribe. As is usually like "hey mommy, remember you said I could have a Nana"?
8. Keep baby in their own bed. I hear so many complaints from parents who have lost the sizzle in the bedroom because they can't get the baby out. As a new mom, I couldn't even imagine sleeping with the little one especially after the epidural wreaked havoc on my back.
Are you guys new moms? Or OG moms? If so what was your favorite stage? Don't say getting the kids out of the house lol! Also, drop any hints for the newbies. Thanks for reading!