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Advice to My New-Mom Self (Part 1)

by Alex • May 31, 2016 11:52:00 AM

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Becoming a Mommy for the first-time is one of the biggest life-altering moments of your lifetime. It's exciting and overwhelming and amazing and exhausting all at the same time. Everyone has their own advice to share, which can also be really overwhelming for a new Mom, trying to weed through it all. 

We asked our Little Nest family (built of so many Moms!) for the advice they'd wished they had when they first became new Moms. The response was so amazing, that we've decided to split it into a series of blog posts for you! 


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From Paige, Studio Owner at Little Nest Ridgewood, Mom to Harmony

  1. You are beautiful!

  2. All of your favorite shirts will become a pajama shirt.

  3. Learn to be patient. I struggle with this the most because I really did not want kids because I knew I didn’t have patience. However, since I’ve had Harmony I have the patience of a monk! (so I’ve been told haha)

  4. You no longer come first. Before my daughter, it was always the Paige Show. Now, I would rather people cater to her than they do to me. 

  5. Be a great role model. I learned that if I want Mo to be a role model when she gets older, it is my job to set that example. Now you can catch me getting down to Patty Cake. J

  6. Poop and pee are normal. Get over it. Sometimes it gets under your nails, wash your hands and keep it moving.

  7. Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. This is something my grandmother and church family has always taught me. I come from a super religious family, my sister is a minister and she would always tell me to train Mo. At first I took immediate offense, thinking she was trying to tell me how to raise my daughter. Then I realized that she meant train her up in faith. My faith is very important to me and it's important that I raise my daughter to use it has her guide through life. 

  8. Love your post pregnant self. Who cares if you have a little donut around your mid-section, wear it with honor. I learned that my body was meant to be a vessel for my child. Though sometimes I look at myself and want to do 600,000 sit ups, I embrace it.

  9. Take time out for yourself. Being a new mom means being in a million places at one time mentally.  You have to take time for yourself to wind down. If you don’t, you’ll go crazy. Don’t forget that you are human too and you need a moment to zen yourself out.

  10. Being a mom is kind of cool. I love the fact that I can see a carbon copy of myself. It’s interesting to see what habits of mine that she has picked up or what silly things she gets into. Embrace motherhood!