I'm Kelsey - a coffee addict, a lover of puppy cuddles, and a new mom and happy wife. When I say avid coffee drinker, that might be putting it mildly. Coffee is my go-to drink. To be honest, I don’t feel awake until I’ve had at least one cup. Even the smell of it makes me happy. I probably drink more coffee than a Gilmore. I hope you enjoy the blog!
I am loving being Wynn’s Mama, and I know I have so many favorite things, and some things I’ve learned. But I don’t know if I’ve learned 3o things or can really hone in on thirty different favorite from the past five months without sounding redundant. So I’ve decided to share 15 things I’ve learned, and 15 of my favorite things! This is part of my series of 30 things since I turned 30 at the beginning of the year!
15 things I’ve learned as a first time mom
It takes a village. I am a bit of a control freak, and so it was really hard for me to admit to needing help.
You have to make time for yourself. Being Wynn’s Mama is amazing, but I needed to find times to do things for me as well. And that’s where the village really comes in handy.
All babies grow at their own pace. Wynn has been growing quickly and has teeth, but took a while to roll from front to back. Babies shouldn’t be compared to each other.
Buy things in bulk – and not just for the baby. Toothpaste, laundry detergent, stain remover, paper towels, etc., because you never know when you’re going to run out and tired, forgetful mom brain is a thing.
Diaper subscriptions are LIFE SAVERS. We love Hello Bello!
Don’t wait for someone to offer to take a picture of you and your baby if you want one. Yes, we all want the candid photos too, but I will take any photos with Wynn over no photos. Sometimes when I want the more candid photos of us, I will give Justin a heads up. Just a simple, “Hey, please take pictures of Wynn and I during bedtime tonight.” Communication is everything.
Everything is a phase. The baby blues, the middle of the night feedings, the sore nipples (sorry if TMI, but #truth), and the sleep deprivation all pass.
But, the good phases pass, too. The sleep anywhere newborn phase, the constant cuddles phase, the middle of the night feedings (wasn’t a fan of getting up, but I loved nursing a sleepy, cuddly Wynn) – they all pass, so soak them up.
Buy things before you’re ready to start using them – like sleep suits or sacks, medicines,
15 favorite things about being Wynn’s Mama
Making him smile!
Watching as he learns new things.
Getting to spend time with him
Sharing him with our families
Doing new things together, like going golfing.
Teaching him new things – peek a boo, baby sign language, how to put a pacifier in his mouth – all the things!
Bath time – he love to get his toys and just smiles at us the whole time.
Going on walks together because he loves being outside.
How sweet he is – he gives the best hugs and snuggles.
His kisses – even if they are a little slobbery.
Nursing him and getting to spend that time together
Laying on the floor with him to play
The way he smiles when he sees me come into a room
Holding him as he naps – not always, but I do love some baby snuggles.
Just being his mom – I don’t know how else to say it. It’s everything.
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