My Tenacious Life’s Ann McConnell unexpectedly nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award a month ago and I couldn’t thank her enough for doing so. It was Thanksgiving Day when she posted it to her blog and I did not even know until I paid her website a visit two days later. While reading her blog post about the Sunshine Blogger Award, I did a double take as I thought I saw my name and website on there! I just couldn’t believe that someone had finally recognized my efforts and quite frankly, it was one thing I was thankful for that Thanksgiving week. This Sunshine Blogger Award nomination from Ann truly brought sunshine to my day.
Just the other day, I got to talk to one of my best friends from across the country. He mentioned about how it was so hard to maintain a household, so he was really amazed at how someone like me with two toddlers under 3 could still write, manage a business, work full-time in a hospital setting, and still function on my regular days. I just chuckled and told him, “I guess everything they say about mothers is true! They most definitely can handle everything no matter what!” That statement from him may be nothing special as every mother encounters it on a daily basis, but that very statement sparked a desire in me. A desire to bravely ask one of the most, if not the most, encouraging mom blogger I know out there for an interview.
I am a novice mother. I gave birth to my first born over 34 months ago and had my second born 18 months after that. Motherhood has been one tough act to follow. The learning experience is endless. It is never black and white. It is a lifetime of second-guessing and not knowing. Books about motherhood are plentiful, but they only serve as guides. We always learn the hard way. Here is a compilation of 9 clear-cut life lessons I have learned in my first 3 years as a mother. I am sharing it to all of the novice mothers (or even the more experienced ones) out there.
I never had problems with my kids’ appetites until two months ago when my little boy turned 32 months old. What happened is still a mystery to me, but with this spaghetti recipe, he forgets that he is a picky eater.
I used to be one of those people who maintain a tidy, spotless home. Bed was always fixed, dishes were always washed, dirty clothes looked like they just got out of the dryer and trash was always out of the house every chance I got. It all changed when I got married and started having kids. So today, (on a plane to New York for my cousin’s wedding) realizing that I am slowly losing my old self, I decided to do something about it and started jotting down 7 surefire cleaning hacks that never disappoint for myself and all moms alike with little kids to keep things tidy at home.