Before I was a Mom I didn't know what the heck to pack in a diaper bag besides the obvious, diapers. Now I know why it is always better to overpack plus my arms are way more toned now, which is nice.
I didn't know who in their right mind would want to suck their child's boogers with this mysterious thing called a Nose Frida.
I didn't like the idea of not being able to eat my food when it was piping hot and I was starving. This is still a struggle, but a content baby quickly wins out over my growling stomach.
I didn't understand the whole Mom alone at Target thing or the amazing thing about Starbucks or wine. I mean I love Starbucks and I love wine, but they aren't that instagram worthy...until you are alone with either one and then they are.
I didn't fully know or understand the importance of clothing with "easy access" when breast feeding. I also didn't know how awesome nursing bras or tank tops truly were.
I thought my friends who left places early to get home to feed their babies were exaggerating when they said their boobs hurt...really your boobs hurt? Hm okay. I totally know now that you were not kidding. Sorry Mom friends.
I didn't know how to buckle a small child into a carseat, then snap said carseat into a base let alone unsnap it or fold up a stroller to fit in the trunk of our Kia.
I didn't know how much free time I actually had until it was non-existent. I miss Netflix binging.
I knew that I'd love my baby and probably enjoy our time together, but I had no idea how much.
I had no idea the joy and pride I would take in watching my son meet milestones. My voice gets all crazy high and I do this weird squeal thing when Aiden does something crazy like roll over or grip his toy without dropping it after 10 seconds.
I didn't know anything about diaper creams, nipple creams, wipes, brands of diapers, etc.
I didn't know that a baby bum could be so adorable.
I didn't know I would be that Mom. The Mom that sends pictures to everyone constantly and shows pictures of her son to anyone within ten feet. My poor volunteers at work. Really, Allison...didn't we just see a picture of Aiden in a bow tie last weekend?
I had no idea how much time and energy went into breastfeeding and pumping and breastfeeding and pumping. On repeat all day everyday.
I never counted or kept track of anything by the number of weeks and didn't understand why anyone would. My baby is 27 weeks tomorrow by the way.
I am no expert on this whole motherhood thing and while there are so many things I have learned over the last 6 months, one of the biggest things I've taken away from this adventure is that there's always so much more to learn! Being a Mom is an always changing, never ending, absolutely crazy, totally amazing journey.
Happy Mother's Day to all you Mamas out there!
If this day is a tough day for you because you are missing your Mom or wanting so badly to become one yourself I pray that you can find comfort and trust that God has a plan and loves you so much.