Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Few Things I Have Learned As A Mother

When you become a mom for the first time, there can be quite a learning curve. From changing diapers to learning what your child wants and needs at different times and responding to those needs. Along with the obvious things that you learn as a mom, there are a few things you may get a lesson in that you weren’t quite expecting.
3 Random Things I’ve Learned As A Mom:
1. How to be ambidextrous
One of the first things you’ll learn as a mom is how to multitask and do things one-handed. It wasn’t until this past Sunday at our monthly church fellowship meal that it suddenly occurred to me that I have become ambidextrous. I am left-handed and when it came to eating I was a very strong lefty. Getting food to my mouth with my right hand was no simple task. I suddenly realized on Sunday that I have become quite comfortable eating with my right hand while holding and feeding Taylor his bottle with my left. Hah…who knew?
2. How To Pick Up Toys
No, really. Some days I feel like my name could be changed to professional toy-picker-upper. You suddenly know just how all of those random kid toys are supposed to go together and you can do it in a relatively short amount of time. Seriously, I have watched my husband and a friend of mine each attempting to put together some of the puzzle toys that Jaxon has…apparently it takes a mom.
3. How Not To Micro-manage
As your child grows into toddlerhood the instinct as a mother is to protect them from everything and to protect everyone else from your toddler. For me, when in public, this meant that I would start having a small panic attack every time Jaxon was farther than three feet from me. Ok, slight exaggeration…about the panic attack. This can be a little stressful, especially when you have another baby to watch over, or you simply want to enjoy yourself, wherever you may be. Gerry helped me to see that I don’t have to keep Jaxon on a tight leash (figuratively speaking…I would never put my child in one of those child leash things).  There do have to be boundaries, but Gerry told me that it’s okay for Jaxon to wonder around as long as I am aware of where he is…it doesn’t mean that I have to keep him within a three foot radius of me. I am still learning on this one…sometimes I just have to breath and let Jaxon be a little boy.
What are some random things that you have learned as a mother?

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