5 Things I Did As A New Mom


The other day I was talking about activities I had done with my oldest daughter and what I was doing with my little one. I realized a few things had changed since the early days of kid #1. 
Anyone else relate to these?

1. Rushed to do every activity.
Those activities are cute and a lot of fun, but when you are doing them 6 years later you will think, I've been sitting through this FOREVER.  
With #2 the rush to do everything isn't the same. Sophia started swim at six months, but Heidi is just getting signed up now at two. We have done a toddler "gymnastics" and story time, but they were inexpensive and close to home. 

2. Bought overpriced clothes/shoes. 
Sometimes splurging is worth it, but a lot of times I shop consignment. Otherwise, I look for sales and coupons.  If you browse consignment shops regularly you can find the ones that have to good stuff. Occasionally grabbing something you love is OK, but a new, expensive outfit for every day wear doesn't make sense. 

3. Let other people influence my child's name.
I did not want to name Sophia, well, Sophia. I like the name, but it wasn't my first choice. The problem was that other people didn't love my first choice. I put off officially naming her as a long as I could and caved into naming her a name other people liked. I kept #2's name a secret and she has the name I loved for her. 

4. Saved everything.
I still have a tub of things I am going to scrapbook for Sophia. A napkin from her first birthday is in there. Yea, you read that right. You can't save everything unless you want to be on hoarders. With Heidi things have been a lot better.  I am better at picking what matters. 

5. Not understanding how fast it was going. 
I know life it short and goes fast, but it's hard to realize how quickly. Sometime's I  think it's impossible to see how fast days are going by until they are gone. With Heidi I have a better understanding that this time when the world is kind of small to her is limited. As time goes on you have to share your little ones more and more. Enjoy them while they are little.

I know a lot of parents have a list of things that do different with #2 or wish they knew the first time around. 
What would you add to the list? 

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  1. Love this, Brittney! My first baby is now 18 years old and starting her last (insert mild panic) semester of high school tomorrow (insert medium panic). With the 20/20 vision of hindsight over all these years, I have LOTS I did with her that I'm trying not to do with her younger sister. As I have dubbed this "the year of throwing away," your #4 really strikes a chord. ;) Blessings to you...stopping by from #mommymoments!

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    1. This my "year of throwing away" too! Keep me updated! :)

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  2. Yes, yes, yes!! I'm pregnant with my third and can so relate :) Arrowsandwarriors.org

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  3. I only have one so I don't know for sure what I'd do differently. Things I know I wouldn't bother with again are loads of newborn outfits, he only ever wore babygrows. I also would check that the highchair I bought had removable and washable straps, the one I had did not and it got manky fast! #twinklytuesday

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    1. Your right. The longer you are mom the more you make sure everything is washable!

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  4. Same here! I try to stop & realize how quickly time is flying.
    Thanks for sharing!
    #HappyNowLinkUp

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  5. Yes, Yes, Yes, & YES!

    I think it means we're evolving as mother's. It's kind of nice to not be a newbie, right?

    New follower in from #happynowlinkup

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  6. Omg I am glad I am not the only one that has really changed the way I do things between my first and second child.

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  7. Definitely agree about the overpriced clothing. I even struggle with the expensive clothes that are handed down. My parents sometimes spend a fortune on a single outfit, just for it to get stained. It kills me every time I see something like that. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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    1. Plus there are only so many days to dress kids up and they end up barely getting worn. Then when they do wear them, they stain them. But you can't stop grandparents :)

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  8. Haha! A napkin from your daughter's first birthday. I have things like that from my first daughter too. The poor 3rd and 4th children have less of that :)

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    1. They have less, but I think it means Mom gets to have more sanity. :)

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  9. #3: we kept our babies' names all to ourselves until after they were born. That way, no one can give their opinion about it because it's too late. That's just their name now.
    #happynowlinkup

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    1. People never hesitate to share opinions about names. Well, no one in my family does. Keeping it to yourself is the way to go.

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  10. I'm sorry you didn't get to use the name you loved for Sophia. I do think people have too much opinion about things like these. It's up to the parents!

    -Lauren

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    1. It's ok. She is Sophie to me now and it fits her. :)

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  11. oh my heavens yes to all of them! I am a momma of 3 and this last baby took a while to come but I feel like I savor her and just embrace where we are and I was JUST telling a friend I use to shell out money for cute Easter dresses they wear once. I am using hammy downs this year because who cares? No one but mommy ;) Have the best day!!!! xoxo ERIN

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    1. Yes about Easter dresses. I have found some marked down, but otherwise, just go with a cute spring dresses that can be worn daily. They can always be dressed up with bows, shoes, etc.

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  12. Oh yes the activities, because I HAVE to put my nine month old into Baby Picasso. What? Ugh, man I could have saved myself a lot of stress by just letting go of the activities everyone else was doing. On the other hand I craved adult interaction, and at the time, that was the only way. 😊 #sitsblogging

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    1. If it's benefiting you, your baby and makes you happy I think you should do it, but it's those other ones that I wait on now.

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