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Friday 20 May 2016

What I've Learned Since I've Become a Mother

With my daughter just turning ten months old, I'm proud to be a mother. Becoming a mother has taught me a great deal, and I've learned who I truly am. I've learned how to change diapers, and learned how to calm my little Monkey when she's having one of her hissy fits. I've learned along the way what battles to pick, and mastering the art of amuzing a difficult toddler. I find myself singing along to childrens songs from the most annoying tv shows, and humming the tune of the latest musical toys that I'd dream about smashing, but can't because it would cause yet another tantrum. But most of all, becoming a parent has taught me so much about myself, and I'm learning something new every day.

I'm a bad ass!
I've always been the quiet, shy type of person, who is more of a listener than a talker. Since becoming a mom, I've found myself having my limits pushed to the max... which in a way kind of makes me a bad ass.

I care far less than I used to.
I have always tried to please as many people as I can, but since becoming a mom, I've realized that I truly don't care as much as I used to. I no longer care about what others think, at least not like I used to. Maybe it's a matter orf realizing the things in life that are important, and simply growing up and becoming more confident in who I am, as a person, and as a mother. Either way, I'm much happier caring less, and better at shaking off negative opinions.

I'm not as independant as I thought I was.
It takes a village to raise a child. I never realized how true that was, until I became a mom. I guess I would of had to do it on my own if I had to, but it would of been incredibly hard. I'm truly thankful and blessed to have the support  of my family and one good friend that has helped me along the way. If it wasn't for my mother and grandmother, I probably wouldn't have been able to go back to work when I did... I would of been working just to pay for daycare or a babysitter. Having a child is exhausting, and there's no shame in asking for some help.

I'm Superwoman and can carry it all.
Since becoming a parent, I have mastered the art of multitasking, which as a result, I have gotten really good at carrying a shitload of things all at once. I don't have time for multiple trips up and down from the car to the apartment after shopping. I'm determined to balance the toilet paper package on my head, while carrying endless bags on my shoulders and arms.It never fails, I always pick up more groceries than planned, and forget to bring the buggie to help carry it upstairs.

I can function on less sleep than I thought humanly possible.
I'm amazed at how little sleep I can get by on. I'm back to work and lacking sleep, but I still manage to function on very little sleep. I try to get eight hours a night, but I'm lucky if I get at least four.

I can be annoyed at my child but miss her once she's asleep.
It's crazy in a way, but the amount of love that I have for my daughter amazes me all the time. She drives me crazy at times, but then when I'm away from her or when she's sleeping, I miss her so much. I find myself looking through my phone at her photos, and I can't believe how much I love her. I love being a parent.

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