10 Things No One Tells You Before You Become a Mom

10 Things No One Tells You Before You Become a Mom

I’ve been doing this mom thing for a mere 5 years now {as of next Tuesday}. I don’t know much, but I do know there are a lot of things people should tell you before you become a mom that they just don’t. It seems like prenatal advice is either all good or all bad. You have your grandma telling you how blissful motherhood is {what with it being 50+ years since she brought a baby home} and the woman behind you in line at the grocery store sharing how life will never be the same and you should get some sleep now.

Motherhood is quite a dichotomy of truth. The wonderful thing is, these dual truths can balance themselves out if you let them. One of the most important pieces of wisdom you can walk with into motherhood is to keep your eyes and mind wide open. Not to all of the voices clamoring around you but to the beauty and the pain of motherhood. . .to the bliss and the stress. . .to the overwhelming confusion and sure clarity. Let grace be the bridge between these extremes and you will walk through motherhood with honest peace.

As I thought about this dichotomy of truth, I was reminded of these 10 things no one tells you before you become a mom:

1. You may feel numb, even paralyzed by fear as you adjust to your new role.

2. You will feel more deeply than you’ve ever felt before after opening your heart to your child.

3. If you weren’t a control freak before, you just might become one now.

4. You will need to let a lot of things go – if only to survive the day – and it’s more than OK to do so.

5. You will always feel like you aren’t giving enough.

6. If you walk in the Spirit, what you are giving is not only enough, it’s exactly what your child needs.

7. You will feel like you’ve lost yourself.

8. In reality you may just find out what you are made of.

9. You will compare yourself to every mom you come in contact with and your baby to every other little one around you.

10. There are a million ways to do most things in motherhood and you’ll likely try many of them before finding what works for you and your baby. What works for some may not work for others – do what works for YOU.

What is the most honest advice you received before becoming a mom?

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About Jessica Wolstenholm

Jessica Wolstenholm is co-founder of Grace for Moms. She is passionate about writing words of grace for moms and moms-to-be. Co-author of The Pregnancy Companion and The Baby Companion books, she also co-leads a community about TTC, infertility, pregnancy and new motherhood on Facebook. Connect with Jessica on Google +

Comments

  1. Kristy c says:

    Love this and so true!!

  2. Truth!!

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