In honor of Mother’s day, I asked 10 seasoned mamas what they would tell their newbie self. As a first time mom we fill ourselves up with information found it books and baby development websites. We sometimes forget to seek the advice of those who have been there. Every single one of these responses is something I wish I knew while I was holding my first little babe in my arms.
“It is totally OK to ask for help! You won’t be able to do it all, especially with a baby who needs your constant attention!”- Sandy Chang
“Don’t sweat the small stuff and be sure to soak in all the little moments.” – Liz Pulice
“It will get better. It sucks those first few weeks. But it will get better.” – Jessica Grunewald
“As difficult as it might be, make sure to carve out alone time with each child. They will cherish those moments and so will you!” – Kristen Carlson
“Keep extra chocolate in the house at all times. And grace too.” – Marielle Petkoff
“There is no such thing as perfection in mommy-hood. Do your best, love with everything you have, be present in the moment and you will do great! Just like any other role in life, you will have bad days and amazing days… Cling to the Lord and know you are doing a great job mama!” – Jenna Andresen-Wodiske
“Quit stressing. Your child will learn to walk, talk, and pee when they are ready. Enjoy each season that your child brings – even the up all nighters – for they are far too short!” – Amanda Baldwin
“Don’t allow anyone, including yourself, to cause you to doubt your abilities as a mom. There will be tough times and mistakes will be made, but God made you your child’s mama for a reason and you can trust that He’s with you every step of the way.” – Patricia Taylor
“You’re doing a great job, even if you don’t think so…and you’re children love you unconditionally.” – Kim Spaetti
“Trust your gut. And pray for your kids! It seems so simple and obvious but pray for them, over them, and with them. God takes care of the little things, even a lost binky.” – Andrea Brown
And what would I tell myself? I would actually slap myself upside the head and say, “You do you. Don’t worry about what other moms like and don’t like, do and don’t do, have and don’t have. Just do you,” but that’s a story for another time.
Happy Mother’s day Moms! You are so blessed.
Thank you to all of the moms who participated in this post.
Clear eyes, full heart’s, can’t lose.