Before I was a Mom I would roll my eyes at some of my friends who only talked about their babies and wanted to show you all of their pictures. I thought that it was silly, redundant and I wasn’t very interested (I mean the baby looks the same in all of them…).
When you become a Mom, a switch flipped, and all of a sudden you have this tremendous responsibility. You feel overwhelmed, highly sensitive, defensive, and of course somewhat enamored with this little creature. Needless to say, keeping a tiny human alive is kind of a BIG deal.
Your infant becomes the only topic of conversation, your iPhone is overflowing with pictures of your baby and you seem to lose track of all concepts of time. You start to cherish things you never thought were important and your ideas about what is fun change immensely. As I reflect on what I used to love to do in my free time, I compiled this list of things that I love now that I’m a Mom.
Taking Pictures of the Tiny Human
Smiling, standing, giggling, crying, sleeping, playing…so many pictures! I love to take pictures of the little chunk. He makes so many different faces and he does so many fascinating things! I have zero space on my phone for anything else because there are so many pictures.
Talking About the Tiny Human
I feel a little bad sometimes when people ask how the baby is because I could give a 90-minute lecture on how he is. I have to remind myself that no one else cares about most of that stuff except for me. My life revolves around this little person so the only thing relevant to me…is him. Of course, I have other interests, but none of them are as interesting as him.
Spending Time at Home
I used to hate staying at home, especially on the weekends. I wanted to be out, walking around, enjoying time with my husband and friends. Now, the task of leaving the house is too daunting. So, spending time at home is the new normal and it’s growing on me. There is something peaceful about being at home especially because I don’t have to hold my breath and pray that my son doesn’t have a meltdown while everyone stares at me.
I never used to like to be alone very much. I felt lonely when my husband would have classes or be gone on work. I would call my sisters or my friends to see if they wanted to have dinner, just to avoid being by myself the whole time. Now, being alone is the most sacred time I have because I’m never alone. I will often leave the baby downstairs with my husband so that I can pump upstairs and I won’t return from “pumping” for about an hour. It is seriously the only time I have to myself and I love it.
I don’t think I ever really understood the concept of babywearing before becoming a Mom. I would see people wearing their baby and I had no opinion about it. Now that I’m a Mom, I want to wear my baby everywhere all the time. Wearing him makes me feel whole like he is an extension of me. He also is calm when I wear him and tends to take little naps too!
Being a Mom
I can honestly say that being a Mom is no joke, hard work. I break down at least once a day about little things, I get frustrated with him as he rolls over when I’m trying to change his diaper or when he hits the spoon out of my hand and apple sauce gets everywhere. But, I can honestly say, I love being a Mom.