Oh, the dreaded returning to work after maternity leave. Not that you hate your 9-5 gig because hopefully you don’t! But even moms who love their jobs have a hard time transitioning back into the working world. Many women in the U.S. take advantage of a 12 week maternity leave so they can have uninterrupted time to care for their new baby. This is a wonderful time where you get to learn how the heck to be a mom and what your baby needs from you. Even if you think you have no idea what to do – your maternal instincts will kick in and you will pick up on cues from baby.
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Entering into the journey of motherhood is one of the most life-changing events in a woman’s life. It’s difficult to know what to really expect as every woman, pregnancy and child is different. My initial perception of motherhood was this glowing and blissful time where I would be enamored with this tiny human I grew, and my life would feel perfect and complete. Most of that was my reality except for the perfect part. I’m going to talk about some of the hard stuff. It’s not to scare you away or bum you out. It’s to set up the expectations to be as close to reality as possible. Similar to getting a new job, you want to know what is expected of you, so you can perform well.
I like giving gifts much more than I enjoy receiving gifts. I find joy in picking out something special for someone when I know it will help them out or simply make them smile. Before becoming a mother myself, I didn’t really have a clue what to buy a new mommy. I would usually just pick something off the registry and get them a card. There are so many cute baby outfits but sometimes I didn’t know the gender or if the style I picked out would match the parents’ taste.
Motherhood is a wild and wonderful journey that no amount of articles could have fully prepared me for. I feel like I have learned so much in a short amount of time. I’m not even sure how I kept up. I guess sometimes I didn’t keep up. There were a few meltdowns. There were a few moments of not feeling adequate or good enough. As I look back on the first year of motherhood, I am thankful that I got through some tough parts. Each little milestone with baby is such a joy to watch. It’s a new kind of love that I never felt until becoming a mother.
They say that every pregnancy is a little different. So far, my second pregnancy feels exactly like my first. I have some crazy morning sickness which seems to last all day and through the evening. I reached out to my network of moms and did some research to find out some helpful tips to beat morning sickness.
I feel like becoming a parent has included more decision making than ever before! And they are important decisions since it now involves your child. I currently have a one year old and a baby on the way. I am one tired Mama but I have more decisions to make!