Hi everyone and thanks for having me, Jenivieve. My name is Alexis and I run the blog Babystuff.tips. I started my blog when my son Nicholas was born, I did this as a way to keep track of all the different things we are learning together – him as an independent little man, and me as a first time mother.
I truly believe that you can learn new things from just about anywhere, and learning from my 1 1/2 year old son is no exception. Here are just 5 of the things my son has taught me.
I always thought myself above the whole “toilet” humor thing, but when those bright eyes and that cheeky grin/giggle happen right after a toot from down below, it’s hard not to find it at least a little bit amusing.
I always assumed I would be one of those mom’s who would need their son’s help with even the simplest of technologies. You know the familiar story;
Mom: how do you make it deliver the e-mail?
Son: Just press send, mum
Mom: Where is the send button?
Son: It’s the big one with the word send on it.
I was, however, expecting my son to be well past 1 year old before the teaching began though.
Reality quickly set in when Nick taught me a multitude of phone functions just by amusing himself, bashing away at my phone. For instance, who knew that the twitter app can have multiple accounts at the same time? Thanks Nick!
Letting go of Control
Children can be such willful little creatures, so who better to teach you a lesson about not being in control. How fast even the grandest of plans can fall away when one little man doesn’t want a bar of something. Being someone who wanted an empowered child, I quickly learned how to sit back and let Nick run playtime his own way.
Letting go of “Mess Stress” / OCD
Yes, I’m one of those types of people. I (used to) have a spot where only I sat on the couch. I once managed to go to a farm and come home without a speck of dirt on me. I used to have a pen that only I was allowed to use.
I never enjoyed cleaning, but if everything is messy, cluttered, and dirty, I can feel myself getting stressed. After being covered in some pretty gross things since becoming a mom, and having more important priorities than getting myself clean, all the other things just don’t seem all that important anymore.
Being a Mom is the Best Thing Ever!
It took my husband and I a while to conceive Nick, and it is totally worth every effort that we had to put in (and a hundred times more). Not a day goes by where I don’t feel blessed, even when I am constantly feeling like I am running on next to no sleep.
There are so many things that make being a mom so great. My favorites are the kisses and cuddles, that sweet infectious laughter or simply bonding over some fun children’s activity.
No matter what it is, I know that being a mom is the best thing ever, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world.