Before having Amelia, I thought I would be super nervous, worried and uptight about everything related to her. Sure, I was super nervous when she was a newborn, but it's definitely lessened over time. That doesn't mean I don't worry (pretty sure every mother does!), but I am definitely more laid back then I thought I would be.
I never thought that I would be able to handle letting my child cry it out. While hearing her cry is not the easiest thing, it's been worth it to us. She is able to sooth herself back to sleep and bedtime/naptime is no longer a long battle. But that also doesn't mean that I let her cry forever. Sometimes she just needs one more cuddle before going to sleep for the night.
I never thought that I would be still breastfeeding 7.5 months later. It was tough in the beginning, but it's been worth it when I see her growing just from my milk.
I never thought that I would no longer have any shame. Once a bunch of doctors and nurses have seen your vagina multiple times, there is no shame.
I thought that I would put a little more effort into getting dressed. Don't get me wrong, I'm not in pjs all day everyday, but if we are hanging out at home for the day, it's yoga pants and tank tops.
I thought that I would do more reading about milestones and developments. I haven't read any books, but do check The Wonder Weeks app every now and then as I find it super helpful.
I thought I would be more worried about germs and dirt. Then I realized that with a big hairy dog in the house, it's pretty hard to prevent her from eating dog hair from time to time.
I thought that my patience level might be better. I will admit that I have terrible patience with things that frustrate me or if I am super tired. I've at least realized when I need a time out from being a mom when my patience level is low so I can recharge and come back as a better mom with more patience.
Tell me: are you the kind of mom you thought you would be? If you are not a mom, what do you think you will be like?