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My greatest accomplishment is raising my daughter, I have given it my all since the very beginning and I am proud to raise such a wonderful person. Although I wouldn’t change a thing I do wish I knew these 9 life hanging pieces of advice in the early stages of motherhood.
Take More Photos- One of my biggest regrets so far through motherhood is that I didn’t get more professional photos of my daughter. I took a lot of my own pictures but it would be nice to have more high quality photos with props and great lighting.
Cherish Every Moment- When people would tell me that they grow up so fast and to cherish every moment of motherhood, I just let it go in one ear and out the other. I never realised how fast the time passes and how much I would miss the days when my daughter was little.
Don’t’ Sweat the Small Stuff- I spent a lot of my life worrying about things that were out of my control and motherhood was no different. I constantly worried that I wasn’t feeding her the right foods, teaching her the right things, and keeping her on the best schedule for her age. I know now that I shouldn’t have sweated the small stuff, I did the best I could and looking back now I know I made the right decisions.
Nobody is an Expert- Although there are many books, videos, and bloggers out there that claim to be experts, nobody is an expert in motherhood. Each child is different and the way you raise them is always going to differ from how someone else would do it and that is perfectly fine. If you are truly doing the best you can and putting your child first, you are doing a great job!
It’s Not a Competition- With each new milestone we reached like potty training, talking, walking, that kind of thing, there was always another mom there to let me know that their child did it first or better somehow. Who cares? It’s not a competition! Don’t compare your children’s achievements with other kids, this is their journey and there is no time limit on these things, let them grow at their own pace.
A Messy House Isn’t the End of the World- From the day I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter, I wanted my house to be spotless at all times. I was worried about germs and anything that could be a choking hazard being left around which is important but I didn’t need every floor to be waxed, every window to sparkle, and every dish to be washed at all times. I wish I would have relaxed a little more and not worried about a little mess here and there. Even if you have company they have to understand that your time is precious with a little one around and spending quality time with your child is way more important than a spotless house!
Don’t Rush It- Even if you are not competing with other moms it can be hard to not rush the milestones because you are excited to see your child grow. I couldn’t wait to hear my daughter’s voice for the first time and see her take her first steps but it all seemed to happen so fast and now she never stops talking! I love to have conversations with her now but I do miss those silent days sometimes when we would interact without any words.
Use the Right Products- I loved dressing my daughter up in every cute outfit I could find so we had a lot of laundry to do in those days. I never knew what products to use to help prevent problems with seasonal allergies and sensitive skin. I wish I knew about all® free clear liquid and all® free clear dryer sheets.
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If I would have known it was the #1 Sensitive Skin brand I would have been buying it since day one. My whole family has dry skin, we have always had pets and some of us have allergies. So not only does it fight tough stains, whiten whites, and brighten colors but it also has no dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals, and irritating residues.
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Ask for Help- After we got home from the hospital there were plenty of offers from relatives to help out but I refused to take them up on it. I wanted to do everything myself and make sure that everything was done the way I wanted it. It was exhausting and unnecessary, in the beginning I was always tired! I wish I had taken the offers of help and took a couple of naps or got some of the cleaning done instead of trying to do everything myself. Taking care of a new baby is a lot of work and it is ok to ask for help, you can still be supermom even if you have a sidekick.
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