10 things I have learned since becoming a first time mum

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While I was pregnant with Leon I was constantly looking on google for people's stories on becoming parents. How did they cope?, what did they go through?, what things did they learn? And even after reading loads of them (and I do mean loads, probably around 50-60 stories) I still wasn't prepared for what was to come. There is definitely a huge difference in reading about what people go through to what you, yourself actually experience. 



Now that my little one is over a year old (17 months now) I have decided to write about what I have learned in these last 17 months since becoming a first time mum and hopefully someone can read this and take something away from it like I did with so many others. 

1) YOU WILL GAG AT THE SMELL OF THIER POOP.

This one is a tough one for me because I always said I would never get sick at the smell/sight of his poop. Oh how wrong was I! Most of the time The smell would hit me like a brick wall and I would feel the need to run straight for the toilet, although you can't because you have to change their nappy! Which only makes the smell and sick feeling worse. This isn't one I particularly like admitting to, but it's one of the worst lessons I have had to learn. Now however, I can change his nappy is less than a minute without even noticing the smell. I guess your nose just gets used to it after a while, Although when he has the runs I still definitely feel sick at the sight of it. 


2) YOU WILL BE HIT WITH EVERY ONE OF THEIR TOYS. 

I always used to think I would have such a perfect little baby, a child who wouldn't hit, throw, bite etc... But what I didn't know when I thought this was, all children go through phases of it (so I'm told but my health visitor) and that is not something I was prepared for in the slightest. I have been smacked in the face with a brush, shoe, wet wipe, his socks, toy cars and even my own phone. The list is endless of things I have been hit with. Thankfully this phase has passed now and my son is exploring everything around him so he has far too much curiosity going on in his brain that he doesn't bother with hitting out. It took me a while to adjust to the hitting but don't worry, it should pass. 

3) HE WILL PLAY WITH HIS LITTLE MAN ANY CHANCE HE CAN! 

I was not in any way shape or form expecting this to happen. Changing his nappy, he grabs it. Getting a bath, he grabs it. Getting his clothes changed , he grabs it. Any chance he gets he grabs it and does not let go! I feel like I need something to pry his hand away. Don't get me wrong it's a natural part of him growing but I was very shocked when he first done it. I think I gasped a little. 


3) YOU WILL BE PEED ON. 

I thought I had a lucky escape, Leon had peed on my gran, his dad, his grandad and even some of my friends but never me. I guess I got a bit cocky at this, always saying "he's never peed on me, I'm lucky" then when he hit 10 months old, BOOM! I got peed on all over and he was in a fit of laughter. I guess I wasn't so lucky after all. But apparently being peed on is a lucky thing in some cultures. I sure hope that's true! 


4) YOU WILL BECOME A CLIMBING FRAME. 

Since Leon started to move and was able to crawl I have officially became his own personal climbing frame. He climbs up my legs, over my back, on my tummy, over my face and much more! I didn't realise that being a climbing frame came with the title of "mother" But now I know that the title of mother covers absolutely everything you can think of.

5) THE PETS WILL GET NO PEACE. 

And I really mean it when I say they get no peace. Leon cuddles the cat and chases the dog. With the cat he is super gentle and wants to just curl up with him in his bed. Although I'm pretty sure the cat wants left alone to sleep. Then Leon chases the dog around the house trying to get her to play with his toys but she has none of it. He just wants to be best friends with them but they just cannot be bothered as all they want to do is sleep.

6) THEY WOULD RATHER PLAY WITH A BOX THAN THEIR TOYS.

 Every time Leon gets new toys the first thing he goes for is the box! Without a doubt I know he will be going for the box no matter what I buy. At Christmas he spent most of the day climbing in and out of boxes, playing with them and ripping them apart, He hardly touched his toys. Maybe I could just buy him a load of boxes next time Christmas comes around....
7) YOU WILL BECOME BRAIN DEAD WITH THE CHILDRENS PROGRAMES. 

This isn't even a joke. We have Cbeebies on from 6 in the morning till 7 at night, watching every program twice! All the music, dancing, acting and the talking makes me feel like my brain is getting turned to mush every day. At first it was fun to dance around and do all the songs but when you do it day in and day out from 6am to 7pm it gets a bit tiring. But I guess as long as Leon loves it I need to love it too.

8) HAVING A SHOWER FOR MORE THAN 5 MINUTES IS A LUXURY.

I'm not really sure what else I can say on this matter because It's pretty plain. It is definitely a luxury to get a shower for more than 5 minutes without being disturbed by a little person every two seconds. It's a quick in and out, trying to make sure you definitely got everywhere cleaned.


9) A FREE NIGHT MEANS AN EARLY NIGHT. 

When ever Leon goes to his dads or my gran has him I can't help but use my free time to get to bed early! It's that feeling of being able to get more that 6/7 hours a night. I really do think that using my free time for sleep is productive.... isn't it?

10) YOU WILL MISS THEM WHEN EVER YOU ARE WITHOUT THEM.

I didn't realise how much I was going to miss my little bear when I wasn't with him until I went out for the first time on my own when he was around 2 months old. All I did was think about how he was, what he was doing and if he missed me! I would like to say it gets easier as they get older but I would be lying to myself. I still miss him just as much, if not more than the first time I left him with my gran.

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12 comments

  1. This is so true. My little one is 5 months and already her favourite thing to do is stand on me! #bloggerclubuk

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  2. I really laughed at this- my life this last 8 months. Especially the pets getting no peace. My son likes to grab a tail and bring it to his mouth. #bloggerclubuk

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  3. I can definitely relate to some of these - especially becoming a climbing frame - although not quite so much these days now that my two are a little older! Long showers are still a luxury unless hubby is around to watch the girls. :-) #bloggerclubuk

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  4. Yes yes yes to all of these brilliant post loved reading it #bloggerclubuk

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  5. Oh yes I can relate to most of this, including the throwing and the missing them when they are not there. My LO is 18 months now and we're all completely settled in her nursery routine. But when I see little people on my commute to work, I want to see my pudgy hand little mischief. Then we both get home and she throws her milk beaker (AKA plastic missile full of sticky fluid) at my foot! #BloggerClubUK

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  6. The poop was crazy I always thought that you would somehow become immune but I still gag. My son is now a toddler and will literally attempt to scale me from the floor like a climbing wall #bloggerclubuk

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  7. I can certainly relate to going to sleep early. My hubby is a night owl so I'll let him look after the babies and get some much needed sleep. #BloggerClubUK

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  8. I can relate to a lot of these already and my baby isn't even 6 months old! #picknmix

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  9. Ah this is so lovely - I am definitely a human climbing frame already and for sure, boxes and newspapers and milk cartons are way more interesting than any toys we've bought her xx #picknmix

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  10. I agree with all of these! There are so many things you learn 'on the job' its unreal! I still don't have a shower that lasts longer than 5 minutes, even after 3 years and I miss Mia like crazy whenever shes gone for even an hour! :)

    #PicnMix

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  11. Love this post and agree with everything single point you made. I'm totally with you on number 1, I was so happy when my toilet trained so I don't have to see or deal with his poo anymore. Although, come October I will get to experience the joy of newborn disgusting poo all over again!xx #picknmix

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  12. These are so true. Especially the willy one...they only get more obsessed with it. Archie is 4 now & has just discovered his foreskin - oh the joys!! It's very true what they say; I was the perfect Mum until I had children :-) #picnmix

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