The Thing That Surprised Me Most & $50 Giveaway


Before having Georgia I was Type-A to a tee. (Is there any other way to be Type-A)?

I read every single parenting book covering topics from getting pregnant to getting your baby through college. All in my first trimester. 

I knew how many diapers she should dirty per day, how many hours she should sleep before waking, and the exact second to start feeding her purees. Homemade & organic, of course.  I knew the ins & outs of potty training before we bought our first box of diapers. 


Imagine my shock when she was born and all of my carefully-planned researched went out the window.

I remember the exact second it did. I was alone with her in our hospital room for the first time. As I held her and she slept on me, I knew that no book would ever make me the perfect mother, or even a good-enough mother. After just a few hours, that thing I'd heard so much about, that "motherly instinct",  hit me.

In the beginning, I felt pressured by...I don't know...social media? I loosely followed Babywise to keep to a routine (which helped me transition from Type-A to my current Type-Mom) and bought into Moms On Call because every other blogger was doing it. I didn't make my own purees - Georgia never ate purees anyway - and they probably wouldn't have been organic enough anyway. I also didn't do enough tummy time because she hated it.



I surprised myself by picking and choosing the things we would do and routines we would set and ideas we would implement based on my own instinct and what worked for us. No book or further instruction needed.

We kept to a fairly strict bedtime routine and still do because it's what works for us. As for eating? She and I snack most of the day and I try to make most of it healthy. Potty training hasn't even crossed my mind yet, and I know we will start when we are both ready.

My advice to new moms is to trust your instinct, regardless of what you've researched and read, and don't be surprised when it works!

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30 comments

  1. I generally have EOS or baby lips in my bag.

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  2. 26 weeks now and the most surprising thing is how cute the bump is! I love dressing to show it off! :-)

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  3. I've got two girls and what's most surprising is how much they are their own little people, and have been since day one!! :D

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  4. It has surprised me how vastly different and unique each woman's pregnancy is!

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  5. that i actually LOVE being pregnant!

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  6. What surprised me was that I needed to have an emergency c-section with my first child. When I took childbirth classes, c-sections were barely mentioned so I thought there was a very slim chance of needing one.

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  7. It's ok to let them get messy. It REALLY IS.

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  8. I no longer carry small bags, always big bags with lots of wipes inside.

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  9. You can't take everyone's advice;)

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  10. I am still surprised by many things in motherhood-even after 13 years.

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  11. I use the dr. smith small to go packets religiously. My nurse actually gave me a whole box and i love this cream for go away fast action for diaper rashes. I feel like the most surprising thing about parenting is that they always learn faster and more than you think they do and when you look around you are amazed at the new things they are doing- livivua

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  12. What surprised me most was those explosive yellow poops at the beggining! Who would have thought such a tiny thing could create such a disaster!

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  13. I was surprised that it feels like I never have time for myself since my baby was born

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  14. I Was Surprised At All The Weird Cravings I Experienced!
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  15. ...definitely how much I loved her! I knew I'd love her, but I was totally unprepared for that drop everything, all-consuming love.

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  16. I was amazed at the sheer job I experienced during childbirth.
    Thank you.

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  17. I matured a lot, it's like I grew up as my baby was growing up...

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  18. I learned that you can plan everything perfectly, but with kids you need to learn how to go with the flow more often. I had a well-researched birth plan written out for both girls, and still ended up with 2 C-sections. (You'd think I had learned after the first baby that babies don't read birth plans)

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  19. How women all approach pregnancy and motherhood differently

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  20. That you can never have enough of anything like wipes, bottles because you will always run out of something

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  21. The most surprising this was how difficult breastfeeding was for me at first.

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  22. I was surprised by how fast they grow and change! So glad to have lots of pictures!

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  23. One thing that surprised me is how totally different two kids that are raised the same and from the same family can be!
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  24. That I would both love and hate breastfeeding at different stages.

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  25. that you could bond so instantaneously

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