Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Few Things Being a Mom Has Taught Me

Welcome to the January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Learning from children

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared the many lessons their children have taught them. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Things I've learned as a mom:

Newborns can love loud rock music more than all the lullabies in the world.

Despite eating nothing but breastmilk, a healthy new baby's poop will appear as though she has eaten nothing but seeds and florescent dye.

Frozen breastmilk smells like soap.

Babies like anything that is not a toy, such as a straw, better than the most expensive toys on the market.

A determined infant can flip around under the safety strap on a changing table, head to foot, and remained strapped in.

Breastmilk can cure any pain or frightful event in mere seconds.

When you think everything is babyproofed--your baby will find the one thing you missed.

Poop can shoot out of a diaper up to the neck of a baby's back and somehow manage to leave almost nothing in the diaper.

Shrieking and mindless babbling can be the most wonderful sound in the world.

Silence is a horrible sound and you should immediately find out why it's happening.

Toddlers laugh when you're mad because they're trying to get you to laugh with them. A laughing mom is so much more fun.

I have special long-distance tickling powers.

Always get the warranty. The good one. And ask if it covers accidental flushing.

Never do anything in front of or to a toddler that you don't want them doing.

Please really is a magic word.

Sleeping children are the most adorable works of art in the world.

When doing photos with more than one child, it's a must for the photographer to have stamina, tenacity and to leave personal expectations at the door.

I am a jungle gym, a spring board and the tool for flying.

Childhood is like evolution: babies are like wiggly fish that become monkeys, toddlers are like cavemen.

You can learn an entirely new language in a matter of days--toddlerese!

The world can be a great place... as long as you keep a good sense of humor (and avoid moms who actively don't agree with you)!


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  1. LOL Mine have always been rock-n-rollers too. My middle used to have a mosh pit in the womb anytime we played metal. :)

  2. oh this is great -so funny thank you, most of all because it is true. It bought back some wonderful memories of life with my daughter when she was a tot :)

    Mrs Green @littlegreenblog.com

  3. There are so, so many good things, but my favorite (of course) is this: "Toddlers laugh when you're mad because they're trying to get you to laugh with them. A laughing mom is so much more fun." So intuitive. Thank you for sharing :)

    ~Dionna @ Code Name: Mama

  4. Excellent! I especially like the ones about the evolution from wiggly fish to caveman and silence being a horrible sound. My soon-to-be cavemen have mastered the ominous silence while achieving mischief already :-)

  5. Oh, man, that was hilarious. I was nodding along with your list! We've consigned all our (young) baby toys for the reason you mentioned — the next baby will do just fine with straws and our keychains. Last time we went to get pictures taken, I was so stinking impressed that the photographer did NOT give up or get as frantic as we were becoming. That's the mark of a good children's photographer, huh? We got some awesome pictures, too. Eventually. The evolution thing is cracking me up. Thanks for giving me a laugh!

  6. Great list! I enjoyed this post so much. Thanks for the smiles. :)

  7. Hello Heather!

    Oh yes! Breastmilk is the cure of everything! :)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting! :)

  8. My mum sewed big bells on my slippers...as a toddler ... and when silence followed... she ran to find out what I was up to !!!


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