I have officially been home with my son for a full year, and wow has it been a season of growth, change, and perspective. If you haven’t read my post on why I chose to leave my career and stay home, check it out here: Deciding To Stay Home
Staying home was not easy in the beginning. I would be lying if I said I didn’t question my decision in the first few months. Leaving my career was a lot harder than expected because it was a huge part of my life and what I felt like was my “identity”. I have quickly learned my identity will never be confined to a role, and that is freeing!
Becoming a new parent is the most incredible and overwhelming season I have experienced. The beginning months are filled with so many emotions, hormones, sleepless nights, anxieties, fears, and unknowns. With that, comes an intense love unlike anything else. It is easy to forget that first time parents are literally figuring out a whole new dynamic overnight. Add another change of leaving a job, and it is a whirlwind!
This past year I have learned so many lessons and take-aways as I have grown into my role as a Momma. Staying home full time has been an eye-opener that I am forever grateful for. It has been the hardest, but most rewarding job…and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I am excited to see what this next year brings and the wisdom I will gain along the way!
What are your top lessons you have learned in your journey? I would love to know!
Year One Lessons
1.It is okay to be overwhelmed.
2. The anxiety/worry is completely normal. It gets better with time.
3. Nothing is permanent, even though it may feel like it. Just ride it out and do what you can to the best of your ability.
4. Do things in your timing and when you are ready/comfortable.
5. Trust your instincts. You will know your child better than anyone else.
6. Enjoy the milestones, they pass quickly.
7. Its harder for you than for them.
8. Slow down and be present.
9. Interact and play on their level.
10. Respect other’s opinions, but do what is best for your family.
11. Ask for help, especially your partner!
13. Get out of the house every day.
14. Confide in others who are in similar seasons.
15. Have something of your own.
16. Create structure/routine, but be flexible.
17. Always have snacks/milk on hand (…alot).
18. You won’t be a milk machine forever (if you are nursing).
19. Laugh it off.
20. Most importantly….Take care of you! When you are happy, it will pour out to your littles!