Ten Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Becoming A Mom

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momtomomdisclosure Ten Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Becoming A MomSometimes I wonder if we will ever not have diapers in our home.  I honestly don’t know what I would do if we did not have a little one running around, and a bottom that needs changing, lol.  Mattie is just about potty trained, but now we have my niece living with us.  She will be in diapers at least another year or so.  Right about the time we have my niece out of diapers, guess what… Yes, my husband and I (fingers crossed) will have a little one.  

There are so many things I wish I would have known before becoming a mom.  People told me things, and gave me tips, but I didn’t understand until I became mom.  It’s amazing the way we change when we have our first child.  I am sure we all have different things we wish we would have known before becoming a mom, but here a few things I wish I would have known before becoming a mom.

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Here are a few things I wish I would have known before becoming a mom:

There might not be a magical moment 2 minutes after you have your baby.

Right after I had Mattie, my husband asked me if I wanted to hold her and I said, “Give me a minute.”  I remember thinking something was wrong with me, but I was tired, I hurt, the nurse was doing and saying something, my husband was talking to me, everyone was racing around, and the doctor was fixing to stitch me up.  It was okay; I still had that magical moment, when I realized I was holding an angel.  Once I was back in the room they brought me Mattie, and I fell in love like I had never fell in love before.

You never be the same person again.

It sounds scary, but it’s not!  You will drive safer, worry about your financial status more, want to be a good role model, your health, nutritional value of food, and life will have a new meaning.  I feel more alive since becoming a mom.

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You hear how fast kids grow up from everyone, it’s MUCH faster than you can ever imagine.

Don’t buy anything until after our baby shower, and shop smart.

Don’t jump the gun and start buying things for you child.  I would wait until after your baby shower, and don’t spend a lot of money on newborn clothing, it’s not likely they will be in them long.  I jumped the gun, and gave away so may things with the tag still on them.  It’s hard not to be excited and buy things, and you might not be able to resist, lol.  If that is the case, try to buy things that will fit them later.  If I could go back, I would have focused on things 18 to 24 months.

Just how unconditional love can be.

I have never known love as strong, unconditional, and limitless as the love for my children.

You will not go to the bathroom alone again.

It’s not likely you will be in the bathroom alone again for a long time.  I honestly don’t remember the last time I was in the bathroom alone.  My youngest hears the bathroom door shut, and before I know it she is coming in.  She doesn’t care what is going on, she wants to be in the bathroom with me.

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Slow down, don’t rush!

I used to rush through life, I wish I would have slowed down a bit, because they grow up too fast.  I am glad I caught myself rushing before I missed anything else! Go slow and enjoy every moment with your baby! It doesn’t matter if they are 3 or 15, don’t forget to make new memories together every chance you get!

Don’t get caught up in things, you forget about your loved ones.

I got caught up in being mom, daily chores, and spending time with my children.  My brother had to pull me aside one day, and ask me to not forget about him.   Remember those who matter to you, love your children, and your children should be around as everyone who loves them.  The more they have, the better!

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You can never take enough pictures.  Take pictures and videos of everything, if they do not turn out well you can delete them, but children grow so fast you will want pictures.  FYI – Never stop, take 1000s of pictures of everything!

13548410325 49813fe648 o Ten Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Becoming A MomThere are some great store brand diapers that can help you save big, like Mom to Mom.

Mom to Mom is the new and improved brand available exclusively at Safeway, which are designed and created by mom, for moms!  Pretty awesome right?!?!  In my opinion, if anyone knows what other moms want for their babies, it’s another mom.  The line of high-quality baby products includes baby food, formula, nutritional drinks, toiletries, training pants, wipes, and fabulous diapers.  Mom to Mom diapers are offered at a value to help families save more and still get a quality product they want.  

For the longest time, I refused to try new diapers, but I have learned you can save money on diapers by choosing quality store brands like Mom to Mom.  With four children, I am all about saving money if I can still get the quality I am looking for.  Saving money on diaper is huge.  The way I look at it is, the more money I save, the more I have to do things with my kids – trips to the ice cream store, lunches at the park, or money to be save for a family vacation. 

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I am extremely picky when it comes to choosing a diaper, or anything else for my children.  Honestly, I am always hesitant to try a new diaper.  Naturally, as parents we only want high quality diapers touching our little ones skin, and I have experienced a few crazy blowouts and leakage that I never want to experience again.  Oh, yes and if a diaper is not comfortable Mattie will be the first to let me know.  They bother her tummy, or her legs, and if they are not absorbent it is off with a diaper!

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Before I ever place a new diaper on either one of the girls, I give them a good “mommy check”.  I want to be sure they are soft, have a stretchy waist and side panels, and look like they will do the job in the absorbancy department.  Mom to Mom diapers passed the “mommy check” and the girls were happy with them too! After using Mom to Mom diapers I am happy to say I not only think they are a great diaper, but the girls never once complained about them being uncomfortable, and trust me Mattie would let me know.  She is her mother’s child! 

13548502843 9293b751ac o Ten Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Becoming A MomMom to Mom diapers delivered! They held up in the leakage department, all night for Mattie, and all day and night for Jess.  I did not have to deal with crack kids waking up in the middle of the night because their bottom was soaked, and never woke up to soaked pajama bottoms – I appreciate that.  Anytime the girls wake up soaked, it sets the tone of the day to CRANKY!

13548722474 8dc4ca3fec z Ten Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Becoming A MomMom to Mom diapers is designed to protect our little ones skin with a Soft Hypoallergenic Linger, which contains Vitamin E and Aloe, which I like.   The girls do not complain about the diapers being uncomfortable, due to the stretchy waist and side panels.  Oh, and we cannot go without talking about the super-duper cute characters on each diaper.  Do your kids pay attention to what character is on the front of their diaper?  Mattie has for as long as I can remember.  

After using Mom to Mom diapers I can say I will use them again.  I feel comfortable they are using them, and know they are good enough for my babies!  You can learn more about the Mom to Mom brand, and their high-quality diapers by visiting the Mom to Mom on the Safeway Website.

Have you tried Mom to Mom diapers, or what do you wish you had known before becoming a mom? 
 Ten Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Becoming A Mom

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  1. Addie F. says

    I love this! As I am not yet a mom, I’m glad to read this beforehand. The bathroom one made me laugh, and “I feel more alive after becoming a mom” is such an incredible sentiment.

  2. Sarah L says

    I’ve never had kids, but I can relate to many of your wishes. Make time for the others in your life who would love to love your kids. AND THEY GROW UP SO FAST!!!

  3. Jessica Barnett says

    Why is the bathroom thing so true. and it is for EVERY mother…If I do manage to get the door shut before they make it in, you can guarantee to see some fingers sliding in under the door!!

  4. Cynthia Sizemore says

    Very good article and honest thoughts. There are so many things I wish I would have known before being a mom. i would not change it for the world but I feel that if I would have known more things would have been a lot easier.

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