4 weeks of Motherhood,10 Lessons Learned and What I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

These first few weeks of being a new mom have flown by, and while I haven’t spent much time here, we have been busily taking pictures, video and documenting our new life with our little one. Finding the energy to take pictures was near impossible at the beginning. There are many photos that I wish that I had remembered to take while we were in the hospital, but I’m trying to make up for them now.

This week has been pretty amazing. My Mini Me, Lyla, has been sleeping very well at night.

Meaning: I finally have energy to photograph, edit and blog again!

Now that we have family in town with some extra helping hands, I’ve taken some time to reflect on the past month and everything that I’ve learned and how we’ve grown as a family.

10 things that I’ve learned about motherhood:

Delivery

1. An epidural doesn’t always take away all the pain. Enough said.
2. Having a wonderful obstetrician makes all the difference in the world.
3. Glad most friends visited while we were at the hospital, because entertaining visitors at home with a newborn wasn’t something I wanted to do right away.

Life at Home
4. Sleep when your baby sleeps is great advice… that is very, very difficult to follow through on.
5. Nighttime feedings are pure torture, at first. Then you and baby start getting better at time management.
6. Dinners at home become a necessity. Dinners out are a luxury.
7. Taking a shower everyday really does help you feel more human.

Motherhood
8. Knowing how to calm your crying baby isn’t instinctual, but thankfully you learn fast (and I’m still learning).
9. The love you feel for this tiny human being is overwhelming.
10. You finally understand how much your own mother loves you.

This year, I feel that I have so much more to be thankful for than in previous years. It’s amazing how a baby really does change everything.

I’m thankful for…
– a healthy, beautiful baby
– a wonderful, supportive husband who is an amazing father
– being able to take time away from work and spend it taking care of our little girl
– family who came to help us out in the first couple of weeks
– friends who have given us so many sweet words of congratulations and encouragement
– social media, because otherwise I would feel completely disconnected from the world right now – ha!

I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family! And hope that you have plenty to be thankful for this year as well!

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