Monday, June 29, 2009

Now that I'm a Mom...

- I am a much better driver. I pay so much more attention than I used to and I am so much more cautious and vigilant about the other cars around me. Don't all the speeders and reckless drivers know I'm carrying precious cargo?! Don't worry, I'm not putting a "Baby on Board" sticker on my car anytime soon, but I wouldn't mind one that says "Don't Drive Like an Idiot" :)

- I am truly a better, more compassionate, sensitive person. I don't think I've said anything bad about anyone since having Madelyn, because all I can think is that whoever I'm about to talk about is/was someone's baby, and if anyone ever said anything bad about Madelyn I would give them a very large piece of my mind. I'm even less judgemental of people's lifestyles, because I know I'll support Madelyn in whatever life she wants to live when she gets older, as long as she is safe and happy.

- I probably wash my hands 30 times a day. Seriously.

- I am going through a post-partum nesting attack. I'm a nester by nature, so the fact that I relentlessly cleaned, cooked, and organized throughout my pregnancy came as no surprise to anyone. But, now that little one is here, I feel the need to further simplify Everything. My philosophy for my life now is "less is more". I don't need 6 black shirts that look exactly alike, or 19 picture frames that I don't even like, so the extras are going to Goodwill. And I have so many hotel toiletries I am not buying any more lotion or shampoo until they are all gone! I also probably print 3 recipes a day that I want to make. I try to keep these compulsive behaviors to times when Matt isn't home so he doesn't think I'm going looney.

- It has become increasingly important to me to workout and eat healthy because I want to set a good example for Madelyn when she gets older. I want her to know that it doesn't matter what you look like, as long as you are happy and healthy, but that it's very important to take good care of yourself.

- I take the time to enjoy the many small pleasures in life that often get missed in a typical hurried day- a really good song, a glass of wine with Matt, a nice breeze, Madelyn's baby breath which I sneak sniffs of while she sleeps :)

- If I don't write down every "to do" or reminder the second it comes to mind it is gone. Gone. I never understood this about my mother until now (she will appreciate this :)


Anonymous said...

SNIFF....Jenny, now you know....
I love you sooo much and am so proud to call you my niece....

Love you,
Aunt Susan

Erica said...

This was fun to read...I can't wait until I feel better (this is the last week of my first trimester) and then the nesting-instinct will come back! Your little girl is so sweet!

Katie Farmand said...

Loved your list :) May I add one suggestion? (You may already be doing this...) My mom wrote down little things I did during the day in a journal before bed every night. On my 21st birthday, she made me a scrapbook and put little snippets of her journal in there. She always says if she didn't write them down, she'd have forgotten. And it was so much fun for me to read "Katie smiled at me was exhilarating!" when I turned 21.

Anyway, you sound like a wonderful mom already. I think you're a natural!

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