From start to finish, transitioning into a Mommy has been met with some significant differences in me. I’ve morphed into a new person. Some of these differences are subtle and some not so subtle. It’s one heck of a ride, and I don’t think this ride is going to slow down any time soon. Being a “First Time Mom” is equally rewarding, exciting, challenging, and exhausting. Since baby has arrived, I’m unearthing more about who I now am and what I can now do almost daily (and it’s not always deep profound changes). Below lists some of what I mean…
1. I can literally hear a pin drop. My hearing has increased 10-x’s! I believe I could hear a butterfly fly. Listening for the breathing or crying of my sweet angel is a new found hobby (and one that could drive an individual completely INSANE in the membrane). I’m now able to tip-toe like a gazelle, eat like a baby mouse, and clean the kitchen with ninja precision. If the slightest whimper exits the vocals of my little beauty, I know about it.
2. I’ve learned a second language (finally). I’ve ALWAYS been determined to master a second language, #lifegoals. In other posts, I’ve mentioned my ongoing learning of French (3 years and counting), BUT becoming a mother has instantaneously given me the power to understand Little Human Communication. I now know what different cadences in crying signal. I’m able to understand a rudimentary form of sign language, and bowel movements speak to me. Believe me, you will never be more interested in what a human’s poop is telling you.
3. I’ve conquered HANGRY (so hungry, you’re angry). I now have the ability to swallow the ball of anger that sits in your throat when you are so hungry you could actually scream your head right off your famished body. Eating cold food…doesn’t even cause me to blink. I can now eat my morning bowl of oatmeal in approximately 3.5 bites, even when it’s so hot that it blisters my throat going down. Just give me the calories…not concerned with what, how, setting, temperature, or origin.
4. I don’t have to wash my hair. Well, I do…just not nearly the same amount. My hair can actually look decent for days! That’s plural….I can use dry shampoo to create the must spectacular locks, you would think I spent hours styling it. And I don’t mean to tell all our secrets, but, guys, if you think your lady’s hair smells so delicious you could eat it…IT’S THE DRY SHAMPOO! It smells like Heaven :), those hair companies know what they are doing for all the Mamas!
5. Ready in 5 min, DONE! For just myself that is…it does now take twice as long to get out of the door. BUT I never knew the ability I had to shower, put on makeup, and get dressed in such a compressed amount of time (it’s like a super power, truly)! I mean what the heck took so long pre-baby?!?!
6. The energizer bunny is my spirit animal. I don’t have to sleep apparently. It’s like I’ve become ridiculously efficient at sleeping in quick intervals. I now have ZERO problem falling asleep when my head hits the pillow. My body has mastered REM sleeping (or a lop-sided version of it), so I guess you could say my body is pretty much superior to the average person’s.
These superior skills include (but not limited to):
- Holding an entire conversation with engaged eyes but actually staring into mind-numbing space without having to listen to a single word, and the other person has NO idea.
- My peripheral vision being on “fleek” (trendy word, I think). As noted above, I’m part Ninja now. Hand-eye coordination is straight up major league status. I can see my child no matter where I’m standing and any threat coming his way.
- Overcoming muscle fatigue is a cake walk. Cross-fitters ain’t got -ish on me! I can hold my arm at a right angle away from my body with the dead weight of another human-being until Kingdom Come (never wake a sleeping baby).
Despite the hours of sleep lost, and the constant motion my body is in…I just “keep going, and going, and going”.
7. My heart has grown 100 x’s. The love I have for my child is incomprehensible. I couldn’t explain it if I tried. The amount of joy I have just looking at my son could never be quantified. I would do ANYTHING to make sure he is safe-guarded from all things. And for PETE’S (who is Pete?) SAKE, spoiling never felt so good! (Yes, I realize I may come to regret this later….BUT he is a BABY and I can totally maintain this “on-call” lifestyle for his (not Pete’s) sake for a little while at least…right?!) And the most miraculous point I’ve been trying to grasp is that Christ loves him even more. This truth is purely unbelievable and securing. Thank you God, a million times, thank you!
Becoming a mother has changed me in obvious and not so obvious ways, some I know and others are still to be discovered. The one thing I do know now… it has changed me for the better. I mean, so far I’ve gained a plethora of skills that will benefit me for the rest of my life (or at least whilst raising babies). God has made it clear that He will prune those who follow Him, and I know that for every day my child grows, I will grow too…that’s the profound stuff that’s different.