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My Learning Curve


Dang… I desperately need some new running shoes. But that’s not what this post is about.

I’ve been a mother for a little over sixteen months now… five of those months as a stay-at-home-mom… and so far… I like it. It works. It feels good. In other words… Ms a keeper. You get what I’m saying… right.

Motherhood has a very large learning curve.

Here are some things I’ve learned so far:

  1. Eventually… you will get sleep. The first few months are kinda crazy. Babies don’t know their front side from their back side. But trust me… sleep does happen. And when it does… its beautiful… for both you and your kid!
  2. Nap-time is golden. Oh my gosh… I can’t stress this enough. I love hanging out with my little M… but nap-time is HUGE. Its the most crucial part of the day… both for her and me. I try to get as much done during the day… but the meat & potatoes of productivity happens during nap-time. And then there are those days where you’re just so exhausted you can’t wait for nap-time… cause that means you can take a little snooze too.
  3. I really do love goldfish! Yes… its true. I heart goldfish… but my heinie doesn’t… You see, this is what happens when you have a toddler. They’re hungry all the time. I give her a handful of goldfish, then pop a few in my mouth. All those few add up.
  4. You can’t eat your lunch and then finish theirs…. You know, cause of the whole heinie thing.
  5. Okay… I’ll stop talking about my heinie.
  6. You don’t need to spend lots of money on toys. No matter how many fancy toys M gets, she loves playing with an empty roll of paper towels, an empty box of cereal, and my shoes.
  7. Speaking of shoes… be sure to invest in a good pair, cause you’ll be on your feet all day long, walking, running, skipping, hopping… all of which are good for your heinie 😉

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more on my mommy learning curve.

I’m off to go buy some new running shoes.

23 Responses

  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on September 21, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I’m passing this along to my sister, who had her first girl in March! 🙂

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet said on September 21, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Hahaha! This cracked me up. I love it. Especially #6 – every baby I’ve known loves to play with tupperware containers or something of the sort that has nothing to do with their toys!

  3. Tina said on September 21, 2010 at 8:41 am

    You know I love this post! And can relate to every single word. Especially nap time. I NEED that time.

  4. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on September 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

    It’s so funny. My nephews have an entire chest of toys and every time I see them they’re playing with some pot or pan or piece of junk.

  5. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on September 21, 2010 at 8:54 am

    What’s crazy about motherhood…once you figure all this out with #1, #2 comes along and changes everything. It is fun though! I could not imagine my life without the time I spend with my kids! Just wait for family game nights! We do those on Saturdays and it is a complete blast. Good luck finding the right shoes and have a great Tuesday Estela!

  6. Maria said on September 21, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Love this post!

  7. Nicole, RD said on September 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Too cute! Heinie…I love that word 🙂 Being a SAHM is such an active day, I can’t even imagine! My heinie might actually get in great shape after a kiddo!

  8. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on September 21, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Cute post.

  9. Mo@MommyRD said on September 21, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Haha, I concur ~those are many of the same things I’ve learned in the last 14 months. Fortunately, Ava finishes ALL her meals, which is good for both of our heines. 😉

  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on September 21, 2010 at 10:48 am

    you’re hilarious and i love your shoes. the end 🙂

  11. Ameena said on September 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I agree with every single one of these things! I learned I had to stop nibbling on Maya’s leftovers too…and yes, the sleep does eventually get better. Maya sleeps a good 10 hours now. I feel like I am in heaven. 🙂

  12. Brad Fallon said on September 21, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    It’s a sad day when your baby outgrows nap time…that’s a huge adjustment! But now my kids are in preschool and I miss them terribly – enjoy it while they’re home.

  13. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on September 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Love this!

  14. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on September 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Babies love cell phones too! I love when they get to the age that they’re putting them up to their own ears bc that’s what they see ‘mommy and daddy’ doing.

  15. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on September 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I love this! I’m sure nap time is golden and I will be sure to remember that when I have a baby!

  16. sassy molassy said on September 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I especially liked the last one and how all that jumping, walking, etc is good for your hiney! Yes, good shoes are totally worth it, no matter what activity you’re doing!

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  18. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on September 22, 2010 at 2:02 am

    “but nap-time is HUGE. Its the most crucial part of the day… both for her and me.”–

    OMG on all levels, if naptime is blown or cut short, everyone in the house is crabby & miserable…we ALL need that, baby, mommy, daddy, it’s just sooo needed!

  19. Kristen said on September 22, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I agree, especially about the whole toys thing. We got rid of all of our baby toys after #3 was born, thinking we were done having kids. Then, surprise, #4 came along and we had no toys! She has been fine without all of the elaborate toys my other kids had!

  20. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on September 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I love the toy comment. Our little kitten is like that too – she has a million toys but is most interested in the ones that cost nothing! 🙂

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  22. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said on September 23, 2010 at 7:40 am

    cute! I don’t have kids and currently I have mixed feelings about giving up my freedom! 🙂 Someday, though, I will have kids and it will be great. This post really reminds me of when I used to nanny full time. Especially the bit about nap time!!

  23. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on September 23, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I guess you can pass down your old high heeled shoes as toys for M as you go invest in new, comfortable ones.