Motherhood is wearing, but worth it. It comes with challenges, but with just as many rewards.
If you’re counting down the days to being a first-time momma, it’s natural to wonder how life’s going to change. And boy, will it. Before long, you’ll find yourself in the throes of sweet motherhood; napping between blinks, tossing out diapers with target precision and eating unrecognisable leftovers in the spirit of zero waste. Your reward? Sweet morning giggles, warm night time cuddles and a bestie joint at your hip.
If you’re wondering what to expect, and how to navigate the months to come, take heart in starting with the little steps.
With challenge, comes change
Motherhood might put your life in the fast lane, but it’ll also teach you to embrace the thrill. You’ll evolve into a multitasking maven, a fastidious feeder and a professional pacifier all before your little babe has learned to crawl. You’ll get smarter, and learn to problem-solve better than ever before. You’ll undergo a welcome metamorphosis, and learn patience (hello, meltdowns), preparedness (hallelujah, snack-filled handbags) and perseverance (hail, mealtime coaxing). You’ll learn to masquerade vegetables as delectable delicacies, master shopping trips without tripping down the aisle and calculate the exact number of baby snacks you need to get your little one through a day out. You’ll become a champion of change and a conqueror of challenges.
Warm souls, kindred spirits
Seek inspiration from friends and relatives who adore being parents. Of course, every parent loves being a parent, but feed off those who really, really inspire you. Hear their stories, share in their experiences and learn from their challenges (breastfeeding stories, anyone?). Kindred spirits can serve as the best source of motivation and strength as you cross the bridge to parenthood, so envelop yourself in their aura.
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Living and loving for two
All your life, it’s likely that you’ve put yourself first. From picking what’s on the menu, to laying claim to the bathroom by morning, to calling dibs on the last slice of pizza. Motherhood will unwittingly make you rethink your priorities. From savouring cold meals to accepting last priority on the bathroom roster, you’ll soon discover the sacrifices are worth it.
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Having a child can change your life. It can also change your spends, your priorities and your perspective. If you’ve always worried about how you’d shape up as a parent, or whether you’d make a good one, take heart in knowing that your new role will grow on you, slowly, in time. Becoming a parent doesn’t have to take away from your personal identity, but instead, fit like a comfortable second skin over all your existing achievements and attributes.
Motherhood is tough and tiring. But it’s also rich and rewarding. It’s like a beautiful rainbow that dazzles through glorious bouts of (sometimes uncomfortable) rain. By learning how to seek the sunshine through the storm, you can prime yourself for a journey that promises to be your best one yet.
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