. . . for Lauren and Lauren: Things I didn't know about motherhood

July 24, 2014

Things I didn't know about motherhood

The laundry.  I feel like I do laundry all the time.  And when I feel like I'm caught up I go into our bathroom and somehow the laundry basket it already full hours after thinking I was done.  I can't imagine having multiple kids and the amount of laundry there is.

Baby food.  I had intentions of making the majority of Addilyn's baby food.  I am not disappointed in myself that I didn't and really am okay feeding her store bought food.  I was excited about making it at first, and feel like especially in the case of vegetables it's cheaper.  It really isn't too hard, but buying baby food is way way easier. 

The amount of pictures.  I knew I'd take hundreds, but it truly feels impossible to not taken a million pictures. I am so aware that everyone thinks their baby is the cutest, but it's hard to not think that you truly do have the cutest baby there is.  

The dramatic.  I'd say I was an emotional person before, but don't feel like I was extremely dramtic. Motherhood has made me extremely dramatic.  If Addilyn doesn't take a nap, I immediately want to cry thinking that the day is going to be a disaster.  If she spends a day hardly eating anything other than yogurt melts and blueberries, I wonder how on earth she will ever grow.  Sometimes it's hard to think passed a moment or a current worry.  

Sleep.  I have always been a terrible sleeper.  It takes me forever to fall asleep and I wake up many times during the night.  I thought sleep deprivation wouldn't be so hard on me.  I was wrong.  Sleep deprivation from a baby is completely different.  I wonder if I will ever have a really good night of sleep again.  (Cue the dramatic). 

Marriage.  The adjustment to having a baby has been harder than I thought.  I wrote about it here, and do feel like we are getting into a groove with adding a baby, but it has taken work and lots more effort into communicating and working together than I expected.  

I'd do it again.  After my rough labor and even harder recovery I truly thought I would not want to do it again.  Add to that the extreme worry I fought the majority of my pregnancy and I thought I'd be happy not doing it all again.  Turns out I can't wait and pray even now that someday I get to do it again.  So so hard, but so worth every bit of worry, labor and recovery.  

Motivation.  Before having Addilyn I managed to work out every day and get a lot of things done, even though I was really busy. I'd squeeze a thirty minutes workout in when I was only home from work for 45 minutes before going to another commitment.  I thought I'd be able to keep doing that once having a baby. Turns out when I get 30 minutes while Addilyn is napping, or even an hour I don't want to work out.  It is so much harder to get myself motivated to work out and get things done when I have time to myself.  

Love.  I knew I'd love our baby.  I believed my friends with kids when they talked about how much they love their kids.  But the magnitude of how much I love Addilyn, that when I think about it I could cry, is something I couldn't have imagined before having her.  

This list could be so much longer.  I know I can think of many more I could write.  Moms - what did you not about motherhood? 

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Amy said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I agree about being dramatic! I am the SAME way when it comes to no nap days I feel like the rest of the day is just awful and I could cry. Also the whole eating thing is just rediculous, I think I am being paid back from my picky eating habits as a child because some days all she eats is cheerios and fruit...

Liz said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

haha, I feel like I could have written a few of these things!! and let's just call it like it is...you are one great mama!

Sharlee said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Yes. The drama... Meltdowns over sleep happen more often than they probably need to. I didn't realize how quickly babies move from one stage to the next.

J and A said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

We are so a like. So a like. I love that last photo. So loved.

shelleystursma said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Laundry! I'm never caught up, and it drives me crazy. I don't understand how some people do laundry once a week (one of my friends has four boys and only does laundry on Mondays).

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I don't even want to think about the laundry. I'm a bit of a laundry slacker, but if baby goes through a couple onesies a day, I know my schedule is about to change!

Kayla MKOY said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This is just the sweetest. I can't even fathom the amount of laundry you guys do. Caleb and I already feel like we can never get caught up...add in another little human, I'm outta luck ;)

Stormy said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Agreed! Agreed! And agreed! Especially the love part! I can not believe the immensity of love that I have for Garrett!

two birds said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

The laundry gets worse, and the love grows stronger!! You're doing a great job!!!

Laura said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

It is so crazy how much life changes once you have kids! When I get sad that we are not pregnant yet, I need to remind myself of these luxuries I have right now since we don't have any kids (although I just feel ready to make those sacrifices, you know?). Thanks for always showing the real side of motherhood - I have learned so much from you already Katie!

Nicole @ Haute Runner said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Spot on!! Laundry is never ending. The love is indescribable. <3

Vicki said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I didn't think that time would go by so fast. And that there would really be no time for myself, all day, all night about the baby. It's worth every second but definitely unexpected!

Suzanne Bruce said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

with how gorgeous that baby is... you need to have about 10 more!!!

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I'm so glad you posted this! I've always been an awful sleeper too, so I figured that having a baby wouldn't be so tough on me. That's good to know that it's so different so that I can prepare myself!