With the celebration of Eli’s birthday 10 days ago, I am officially finished with my rookie year of parenting. Though there were ups and downs, overall, it was an incredible year. I found that I enjoy motherhood as much as I always hoped/wanted to, and that many parts of it came naturally. Other parts were more of a struggle, but every moment of difficulty and strife was more than worth it and more than made up for in love and snuggles and happiness.
All that said, as I look back on Eli’s first year, there are a number of things that we did that with hindsight I can say I’ll do differently with our next child. There is also a laundry list of things I’ll do the same, but I think it would be disingenuous to say I didn’t do anything “wrong” this year. Everyone came out happy and healthy, but since life is all about learning, these are 9 things I’ll do differently with our next (hypothetical, future) baby.
Those are the 9 things I’ll do differently next time- what things did you do in baby’s first year that you want to do differently with the next child?
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