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20 Seasoned Moms Offer Encouragement to First Timers

By emily |

Want to hear the understatement of the year? Being a mom is really hard work.

You won’t sleep. You will only eat cold cereal. You will lose your sense of self, and never fit in to your favorite pair of jeans again. People will tell you what to do, how to do it, and when to start it. They will tell you you’re doing it all wrong.

You will cry, you will laugh. But you want to know what? You will emerge successful. You will be forever changed, and you will be better off because of it.

On the impending eve of Mother’s Day, 20 seasoned and beautiful moms (moms who have traveled the rocky road through motherhood), share their most encouraging words of wisdom that they would give a first time mom of a newborn.

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20 Seasoned Moms Offer Encouragement to First Timers

You will sleep again.

Don't have expectations, surround yourself with wise people, and don't compare your baby to others.You will be able to sleep again, and you will make it through the first few months. You can do it!
Crystal is a mom to 4 and tweets from @Blonde1s

If this is your first Mothers Day, congrats! And remember, there are very few mistakes that can’t be fix, you will sleep through the night again soon, and you’re doing an amazing job. Regardless of what your mother-in-law tells you.

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Emily Elling is a corporate interior designer and freelance writer. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four unintentionally hilarious children. Emily also blogs at her personal blog, DesignHER Momma. Read bio and latest posts → Read emily's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “20 Seasoned Moms Offer Encouragement to First Timers

  1. Sarah Partain says:

    What a great post! Those quotes were all so great and things I needed to hear. I might be a seasoned mom, but those are all good reminders.

  2. Janet says:

    There really ought to be a better name than “First Time Mom” for this article. All the experiences I am having with my child as she grows is a “first time” experience for me. Any woman who has had a child will be a “first time mom”. Maybe saying “NEW Mom” would be better. And instead of “first-timers”, try “newcomers”.

  3. Ania says:

    First of all as a seasoned mom I would like to add that you will fit into your favorite jeans and maybe you will even wear a size smaller. Second My son is two years old and I have a second baby on the way and I sleep better but I don’t think I had a full night of sleep I the past two years. I also never left my son for a night. As a exclusively nf mom for 2 years and I’m super proud of that because it is super hard you are never alone I’m ready to do it again but definitely last time…. I can sacrifice few more years of ME but when my babies teach a school age I will claim myself as a person. I would say for all the new moms: don’t listen to people’s advice do research but don’t use all those stupid baby books out there

  4. wanda lee says:

    As a mother-in law who never ever offers unsolicited advice about anything, especially the baby (they already know more than I ever did), who has nothing but praise and words of encouragement for the great job my amazing DIL and my son are doing with their new baby girl (I’m a granny and I’m tickled pink), and who politely waits to be invited over and calls first even though permission has been given to “just drop by”, I take severe umbridge at “Regardless of what your mother-in-law tells you”, the last line in the piece. Not all MIL’s are dragon’s. Some of us learned from painful experience how not to treat a DIL, and from our hopes and wishes for a better relationship with our own MIL’s we became the kind of supportive MIL’s we wish we’d had. I think both of my wonderful DIL’s know they have much more than a MIL in me, they have a friend for life. Othewise, great advice to new moms :)

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