Lessons Motherhood Teaches You #PlaytexBaby

Motherhood is a journey, one that teaches you so many life lessons and shows you parts of yourself that you didn’t know were there and I’m so excited to share some of the things I’ve learned as one of the #PlaytexMoms. When I was pregnant I felt like I was ready, like I had mentally prepared myself for the journey ahead. I had read all the books, the articles, took advice from my friends and family, and was confident that I had a plan that would work. When I went into labor I learned my first lesson. Thank you to PlaytexBaby for sponsoring this post!

Trust your instincts

Trust what you are feeling from the moment you discover you’re pregnant. As advanced as a society that we are we completely disregard what a woman is feeling. Going through labor I let my fear get the best of me and even though I thought what the doctor was doing was wrong, and that he was pushing my body to go to fast, I told myself that he was the doctor and obviously knew more than I did so I needed to trust him more than myself. The strongest instincts come after your baby is born when you can tell what they want just by the sound of their cry’s, or you can sense they need you even if they’re in another room.

You’re Stronger Than You Think

From giving birth, waking up every three hours, cleaning dirty bottoms, getting to the bottom of a never ending pile of clothes, to having the courage to open that sippy cup that you found under the couch, motherhood teaches you that you can do so many more things than you ever thought were possible.It gives you a mental and physical strength like you never thought you had in you. I remember one day I was the most exhausted I had ever been (and I was in the mIlitary) because I would stay up until 5 am working on my blog and doing odd side jobs, on my 2nd cup of coffee watching Mila & Noah run around and play and they both wanted me to play with them. It was the last thing on my mind but the look on their faces drew up energy from God knows where inside of me and I played with them, walked them to the park, played some more until they finally went down for a nap and instead of “sleeping when they sleep” like everyone recommends I had to clean up all the mess we had just made. Before Camila, and even Noah I would have never put that much effort into my day. I make my business work for us, and I give my 1000% to make sure they know how much I love them.

You’ll Feel Like You’re Failing Most of The Time

It’s natural to be hard on yourself because raising a kid is hard. I can assure you that you’re not failing though. After you read all those articles on the internet or from Facebook that tell you don’t do this, don’t do that, and if you don’t grow your own food you’re basically poisoning your kid it’s so easy to think “omg I’m not doing enough, and I’m doing it all wrong!”  In those times when I doubt myself as a mom I like to remember the first time Mila took her first steps and how amazed, proud I felt. I was completely overcome with joy because Jeff & I had been helping her take baby steps and we gave her the confidence to know that she was ready to do it on her own. 

There is no right or wrong way on how to “mom”. There are so many people out there that are going to criticize you, and tell you what worked for them but to be completely honest every kid is different! There’s also no one way to be a mom, we are all unique beautiful people. Just remember that you are doing an amazing job, and every time that baby smiles at you it’s a sign that you’re doing something right. As I reflect on my journey this far it has been hard, rewarding, and the love I’ve come to know and feel is greater than anything I have ever experienced. I look forward to learning new lessons, but these are the biggest one's I've learned this far! I am truly blessed to be on this journey, and to be able to share it with you.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your journey through motherhood?