When we become moms for the first time, everything is pretty new. Most of the time things aren’t what we expected them to be. We expected to know exactly what to do at every turn and we thought motherhood would be feelings of overflowing happiness and joy. For me, the reality of being a parent was heavy. Don’t get me wrong, I was the happiest I’ve ever been when my first baby was born, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I had a plan for motherhood. I had a schedule and a premeditated plan for how Every Single Thing was going to go.
When you become a mom you realize really quickly that your plans are laughable. Your original formula for how things were going to go was flawed because it wasn’t based on real world experience. So, as you are catapulted into being a parent, you start to create a new formula for happiness. After six years as a mom, my formula for happiness is simple: Enjoy the Little Things.
This means when your baby isn’t sleeping, enjoy the extra time. Even at almost 2 years old Piper still doesn’t sleep well. Last night for instance, she refused to sleep. I finally threw my hands in the air and we went upstairs for a 2 AM snack and some cartoons. Do I wish we were both sound asleep at 2 AM? Sure, but we weren’t and there was nothing I could do about it. So I decided to enjoy it. She wont be little much longer.
This means stopping to look at your daughters iPad for the 450th time that day because new Shopkins have been released. Because it makes her happy. One day she wont share her excitement with me first anymore. It will be someone else.
My Formula for Happiness as a mom is a lot of remembering that life is short. Kids grow fast. Nothing lasts forever and even though there are days that not a single thing on my list gets done, I miss deadlines because I’m being puked on or there’s a new My Little Pony movie on Netflix, it’s better than anything I had dreamed up for myself.
I love that Gerber is promoting #FormulaforHappiness. There’s no one thing that all parents should be doing, there’s not a one size fits all form of parenting. You have to plan as you go. Ask for help when you need it, throw the rule book out the window and try to enjoy the little things.
Tell me below, what is your #FormulaforHappiness? Also, new moms, if you have questions about sleep, nutrition or nursing, Gerber is giving free consultation appointments here!