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methods of survival during the first 10 months.

November 7, 2012

Well folks, the honeymoon is coming to a close. My mat leave is ending and although I have many tricks up my sleeve on what to do next, I can safely say having another kid isn’t one of them. The jury is out. Not now and maybe not ever. Since other people are popping out babies left, right and center, I thought I’d share some fun things I learned over the course of the first year of Jack’s life. And I know his first year isn’t over yet, but there’s Christmas and New Years and you know how that goes. Busy, busy!

1. Give up the gun.
Your life has changed. And the more you try and prove that it hasn’t and won’t just because you had a baby, the harder and more awful it will be. You have a baby. Open up your mind, realize that most people love babies and embrace your new life.

2. Stop comparing your baby to other babies.
Not only is it completely pointless, it will make you crazy. If you focus too much on things like percentiles and milestones, you will miss out on the best things – your baby growing at its own unique pace with its adorable personality.

3. Babies are human babies.
Believe it or not, they have their own likes and dislikes right from birth. If you try to make them conform too much, they will only resist. If something works for someone else, it might not work for you. And like you, you might like something one day and hate it the next. Babies are no exception!

4. Nothing will ever be perfect.
You can’t work, clean, cook, have a life and have it all be tight and organized. Or maybe you can, but it’s probably not much fun. Relax and enjoy the ride. No one will remember a dirty floor, but they will remember time spent together.

5. You are amazing.
Being someone’s mom is hard. But that’s your role and you have no choice but to rock it. So remember. You’re the best thing to that little dude or lady and they love you more than anything. You’ve got this!

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