My daughter’s first birthday is approaching very quickly. In fact, it’s less than two weeks away! It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that my child is basically a toddler. It feels like just yesterday I was a brand new mom bringing her home from the hospital. Oh how time flies. You blink and they are all grown up!
This past month has been pretty emotional for me. Watching your children grow up is so bittersweet. It’s such a blessing to watch them take on new skills, to watch them learn, and to watch their personalities develop. On the other hand, it’s hard not to miss that sweet baby who just wanted to snuggle with you all day. Being a mother is basically one giant game of tug of war between wanting your child to stay your baby and wanting them to grow and develop. It’s not for the faint of heart.
All of these conflicted emotions have got me really thinking about the past year I’ve spent with my daughter. In fact, I’ve spent most of my quiet time reflecting back on our time together. I’ve come so far in my journey as a mom since that first day I brought her home. I remember being so terrified to leave the hospital. I didn’t have the first clue about how to keep this sweet, vulnerable newborn alive. Now, I am much more confident (at least most of the time). I truly believe there is no better mother for my chid than me.
It’s great to have that confidence in myself now. However, getting to this point wasn’t always easy. I’ve learned a lot of hard lessons along the way and boy am I thankful I did. Being a mother has taught me so much about myself and the world around me. I hope I continue to learn and grow as a person and as a mother. Today, I want to share with you the 10 greatest lessons I’ve learned so far this year. I hope that as you read this you reflect back on your first year of motherhood with me. What is the biggest lesson being a mother taught you? Let me know in the comments below.
Motherhood has taught me to not sweat the small stuff.
Motherhood has taught me to trust my instincts.
Motherhood has taught me to love myself.
Motherhood has taught what it means to love unconditionally.
Motherhood has taught me to slow down.
Motherhood has taught me the beauty of simplicity.
Motherhood has taught me it’s okay to ask for help.
Motherhood has taught me it’s okay not to be perfect.
Motherhood has taught me patience.
Motherhood has taught me how strong my marriage is.