With my first child, I wanted everything done just so. I had Pottery Barn Perfect images in my head of the perfect nursery, the perfect baby clothes, stroller, life...
|Image courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids.|
I tracked every pee, poop, bottle and nap for weeks - maybe even months. I hovered when anyone else held my baby, and felt like a piece of me was missing when I was away from him.
And then something happened between baby number 1 and 2. And a lot happened between baby number 2 and 3.
Whether it was the lack of sleep or the lack of time or the utter lack of energy - I stopped trying so hard.
I realized that my kids continue to eat, pee and poop whether I track it or not. I figured out (very quickly) that Pottery Barn perfect doesn't exist - at least not in my house.
I realized that it's a lot easier - and a lot more fun - to let my kids get messy and make messes.
|You may see a huge mess. My kids see a bustling recycling center that will take the work of many dump trucks to get sorted and recycled.|
I can see how me hovering doesn't help them learn or become independent.
I found out that rainbow-colored playdoh is way more fun that trying to keep each color in its own separate container.
I realized how much fun it is to be a mom.
How have you changed since you've become a mom? What have you learned?