12 June 2012

Waiting for Baby: Jessie from My Cowboy and Me

 Hello loves!!
While I'm hopefully having a baby, I thought I'd leave you in the
 more-than-capable hands of Jessie! 
I love her and so will you!
Enjoy!
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Howdy!  My name is Jessie and I blog over at My Cowboy and Me.  I love playing in the sunshine, photography, music, and running for miles, but mostly I love my little family.  I am a wife to my best friend and a mother to a two year old boy with another baby boy on the way in August! My life was monumentally changed forever the day I became a mother.  I have never experienced so much love or so much joy as I do in being a mother.  Love for one's baby is much different than love for one's spouse; it's an aching, desperate, jump in front of a bus to save another person kind of love.  However, motherhood isn't a cake walk either.  It's hard work!  For me, embracing motherhood was a shock as I learned to adjust to the demands of another tinier and often irrational human being, but I think I've become a better (and way cooler) person because of it.  Motherhood is a very imperfect but beautiful ride.
I'm no expert in motherhood, but in honor of Ali and her new baby girl, I am going to make a list of 12 nuggets of wisdom I've learned thus far being a mother.   12 Nuggets of Motherhood Wisdom: (Warning: These are strictly my opinions.  Please take them with a grain of salt.) 1.  A lack of sleep may make a woman irritable, but it will not kill her.  Those sleepless nights will get easier to cope with and they don't last forever.  Really.  (I am writing this to reassure myself come August.) 2.  My secret beauty weapon: dry shampoo.  I don't wash my hair (or wear makeup) everyday.  I live with a crazy toddler so time for making myself up each day can be limited.  A few leftover curls from the day before and a high pony tail or bun, and voila!  I feel cute and put together.  3.  It's OKAY to let Jed lick the beaters.  A spoon full of sugar makes for a happy kid and it doesn't hurt anyone.  Jed now enjoys "helping" me in the kitchen and we get to spend some quality time together.
4.  DO take the time to notice the little things.  It's the little things that make my life as a wife and mother wonderful.  When I take a step back to really look at my little boy's smiling face, or laugh at the funny thing he is doing, or be grateful for the food in my pantry, I feel contentment. 5.  Have a stash of toddler toothbrushes.  Those things walk off on their own. 6.  It is NOT necessary to pick up toys every single day.  There are toys scattered all over my house; many live in my living room...overnight.  {Gasp!}  The battle against toy clutter is futile; Jed will just get them out again the next day and make the same mess.  So no worries!  The toy clutter is a reminder of what he likes and how much fun he had that day. 7.  Listen to your instincts.  You, as a mother, are an individual and so is your child.  If that book or magazine or mommy blog makes you feel like a mothering failure, throw it out!  We will each love and nurture our children a little differently and that specific kind of love is exactly what God intended for that beautiful child He sent into your arms.   
8.  A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's mouth.  When Jed shares his ice cream cone with the dog, I cringe and remind myself that it is good for his immune system and that he will most likely be healthier in the long run. 9.  Take at least 10 minutes each day to really connect with your child.  Shut off that rolling to-do list in your mind and concentrate 100% on that precious soul in front of you.  I promise, you'll love that time. 10.  Patience takes practice.  Forgive yourself when you make a mistake or lose your temper.  Little children will gladly give you a hug and let you start over. 11.  Relax.  Some battles aren't worth fighting over, like wearing a bib or running his hands through his hair at dinner time.
12.  Watch your baby sleep.  It will bring peace to your heart and a smile to your face on those hard days. BONUS:  Prayer is your lifeline.  God listens to mothers.

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Thanks Jessie!!
You're a great mom and I can't WAIT to meet your new addition soon!! ;)

2 comments:

  1. Those are great tips! What a cute little boy :)

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  2. This is such a great post!!! I love it and hope I remember these things when I am a mother :)

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