Whew! It has been a whirlwind of a summer.
First things first – I had my baby boy! His name is Isaac James. Birth Story will be posted later this week.
In my short time as a mother, I have come to the conclusion that motherhood builds faith. Media shows motherhood as constant cuddles, meaningful breastfeeding, and intoxicating love with a newborn. Now the media isn’t wrong – those things do happen (and they are wonderful!). However, motherhood has a whole other side – nights with zero sleep, breastfeeding battles, and babes who can’t be soothed. Motherhood is a HUGE transition. You go from worrying only about yourself & husband to being responsible for another human being – one who needs attention & love constantly.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Baby Arrived
- Prepare to witness more poop than ever before.
- You actually have zero control over everything.
- Comforting retort to #2 – that means God IS in control of everything.
- You will be exhausted, but your body will learn to adjust.
- You will instantly fall in love with your baby.
- You will be simultaneously elated and mortified by how quickly they grow.
- People (strangers included!) will give you their two cents about EVERYTHING. Do yourself a favor & ignore them.
- You will want to stay at home with your baby, despite YEARS of swearing you would never be a SAHM.
- You will have a newfound appreciation for your own parents, and it will grow your love for them immensely.
- You will be terrified to leave the house the first few weeks, but you will eventually get over that and Target trips will come back into your life.
- Your marriage will grow stronger as you both transition into parenthood together.
- You’ll cry about ridiculous things still – like packing up onesies that are too small.
- You will watch WAY too much TV during feedings and nap time.
- You will wish to grow another arm to carry all of the stuff that your baby needs. (Seriously, how does someone so small need so much stuff?!)
- You will be eternally grateful for such amazing blessings that a child brings.