Saturday, February 21, 2009

some things I have learnt/am learning

Soooooo the last 9.4 weeks of my life have changed considerably with the arrival of our little man, who I love to pieces but who has taken me on a roller coaster of emotions, worries, joys, laughs and cries!

So here are some things I have learnt:

- Having a baby is hard but rewarding work.

- Watching my baby do things for the first time, such as smile, giggle and talk (or should I say coo) are priceless! (No, this is not an add for Mastercard!)

- I don't have as much patience as I thought I would have.

- Hearing my own baby cry is hard!

- It's ok to let my baby cry a bit - it's not always easy but it's ok (as least in my opinion).

- Cuddling my little one is one of the best things ever.

- I didn't realise how much a little person could steal your heart.

- I have tried to get out and about since we brought the little man home - even though it can seem daunting at the times, it's worth it and helps my state of mind.

- Less sleep = emotional tired Mum.

- More sleep = happy Mum. Thankfully I am getting a lot more of this at the moment ;)

- Taking naps in the day is important and makes me feel much better.

- Going for walks when I am at the end of my tether helps the body and the mind.

- It's ok to let my housework slip - even though SP and I do it on the weekends I don't bust a gut to get it done during the week - not yet anyway.

- Being a 'Mum' is a spin-out.

- EVERYONE has advice on parenting - some good, some not so good, some confusing and a LOT contradictory.

- Because of above I have learnt to trust my God given instincts and to ask people I trust for advice. Otherwise it is too overwhelming and you can stop trusting yourself and end up in a sea of advice not knowing which bits to listen too and which bits to ignore!

- It is possible to capture lots of great moments on camera and video. You may have guessed that if you have seen my previous posts and my Facebook page.....

- It's possible to miss lots of great looks and moments so I have my camera/video ready at all times ;)

- I like routine and I try to have a plan, but if it doesn't work out I am learning to go with the flow a bit more.

- An overtired boy is much harder to get to sleep.

- Consistency seems to work - at the moment anyway.

- Once I think I have something 'down' it can very well change the next week - and I have a feeling this will be life with a baby/child!

- I didn't think it would be possible to love my little man more and more each day - but I do!

I am sure there is a lot more than this I have learnt but this is it so far! We are learning together - let's not forget that life on the 'outside' ain't easy and takes a bit to get used too!


Marla Taviano said...

I love it, Nixie!
And I love you!

Ruth said...

You totally rock Nixter!! Loving your list of things you've learnt. You are a much better new mum than I was with 'A'.

And your little man is absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Lara said...

That's all so exciting, Nixter! I love seeing pictures of your gorgeous little man on Facebook!

Kymmy said...

Hey Nix ... you rock you know. I'm so proud of you!
Looking forward to coming round soon to hang out and watch the footy - round 1 isn't far away!

Priscilla said...

All those things are right on the mark. How I really miss those baby days with my kids.