Hello everyone! I recently added a poll to my Instagram stories asking everyone what type of content they would like to see. So many people wanted to know more about motherhood and my experience with it! I thought I’d share some tips and lessons that I’ve learned along the way… 🙂
Let’s start with my kids! I have two kids, Luke (4 years old) and Noah (4 months old). Their dynamic is so nice and easy!! Luke was 3.5 years old when Noah was born so he hasn’t shown any jealously at all. They are definitely at different life stages so Luke is more into playing. Though he loves and dotes on his little brother, he would much rather be playing outside or Pokemon Go. He loves trying to make Noah laugh and Noah loves staring at his big brother! I was initially worried this age gap would be too big, but it’s actually perfect for them two.
Here on some things that I learned about motherhood and some things that I wish I knew!
- Motherhood is not easy!! But it’s so rewarding
- Kids catch on to things so much faster than expected. Read them books. Talk to them often. They absorb information like a sponge, so it’s great to start teaching them early
- Get as much help as you can and don’t be afraid to ask for it
- I’m a huge fan of hand me downs! If someone offers you their old stuff, take it! It’s probably pretty new since babies grow so fast
- On that note, try to buy used as much as possible! It’s better for the environment and for you wallet
- I wish I knew about the pain of recovering after childbirth.. it’s not fun
- I wish I knew how hard it is to know what to do when it comes to registering the kiddos for preschool, kinder, etc. I had no idea lol
- Postpartum depression is real and affects so many mamas, don’t be afraid to talk to your ob/gyn and/or friends or family for support
- Get as much sleep as possible!
Here are some tips on breast feeding!
- Drink a lot of water (drinking out of a flask makes drinking water much easier. I personally recommend getting a large hydroflask)
- Get a haakaa (literally the best way to build up your freezer stash)
- Feed baby as much as possible
- Oatmeal does help (but personally I don’t eat a lot)
- Pump as often as possible
Being a mom is hard yet so rewarding at the same time. I wouldn’t trade it for the world! If you’re struggling, remember to reach out for help, YOU GOT THIS!! Thank you for the wonderful questions! I do have a couple of Youtube videos related to motherhood favorites, pregnancy Q/A, and a day in my life with my kids. Check them out here, here, and here!
Joanna the Nurse