12 things I've learned in my first year of motherhood

I can't believe that my boy is a year old. Sometimes I wish I could pause time and just be in this season for a little bit longer. There are moments in each day where I can't believe this precious boy was once that little newborn that would just sleep and eat. Watching him grow and learn this past year has been amazing and I can't wait to see what he learns in the years to come. Being a mom has been challenging, humbling, and also completing. Looking back on this first year of motherhood I know that I have grown and learned a lot as well. From the middle of the night feedings and the exhaustion that follows to laughing at myself because I had no idea what I was doing- it has been the best year. To any moms out there that are about to start your first year of motherhood or are maybe in the midst of it right now, grab some coffee and take notes if you wish. I hope that these 12 things I have learned can help you also.

1. I've done almost everything I said that I would never do

Before I became a parent, I remember naming off all of the things that I would never do as a mom. "I will never let my child watch TV. I will never give my kids something they want just because they are crying." The list was pretty long and I have probably done everything on it. Give yourself a break every once and a while- you are doing a great job even if you let your kid have your keys to stop him from crying in the middle of the grocery store.

2. To always expect the unexpected

Parenthood never goes how you planned, from putting your kid to bed at 10pm one night to a blow out diaper on your "quick trip" to target when you didn't bring your diaper bag.

3. To take the picture

99% of the pictures on my phone are of my child - and they are mostly duplicates, but I don't care. Let your spouse take photos of you even if you don't like the way you look in that moment. I know that one day I will be so happy I have these photos- even the ones where makeup and a shower are obviously lacking.

4. I have become a multi-tasking professional

I didn't know I was capable of holding a bottle and feeding my baby, while talking on the phone and making dinner at the same time. There will be times when you don't seem to have enough hands and other times you are completely mind blown at what you just accomplished.

5.The hours before bedtime (4pm-7:30pm) are the s.l.o.w.e.s.t.

Literally, slower then a long car ride. Especially if the day has already been dragging on, these hours are the worst. Not ashamed to admit we have gone window shopping just to make these hours go by faster.