Motherhood has taught me, and beat into me, many lessons in the past twelve months. Here are the ones my tired brain can remember:
* Don’t buy anything new. People are practically giving kid stuff away. Buy it used and then sell it again.
* Don’t have a baby in the winter. It’s a real disadvantage. Have a baby when getting outside is easy.
* Buy a nice camera. It’s totally worth it. Best purchase of the year.
* Keep a calendar and write down one memory from each day. It’s way easier than a baby book.
* When it’s 3 AM and the baby is crying and your husband is on your last nerve, drink wine and take that baby into the bath tub with you.
* When it’s 3:30 AM and the baby is still crying, call your mom and pour another glass of wine.
* Listen to your instincts.
* Listen to your instincts. (I realize that I repeated that one).
* Patience is a skill.
* You can live on thirty-minute intervals of sleep for a long time.
* Buy a hammock.
* Things end, even when it feels like they won’t.
* There are people in my life who will lift me up when I need them, again and again.
* Exercise balls are a blessing and a curse.
* Sleep is not underrated. It is the best thing in the world.
* Rock-n-plays should cost more. They are magic. (We are bronzing ours.)
* Just when you think you can’t love any deeper, your baby gives you a smile or learns something new, and you fall in love with her more.