232 Days Of Motherhood So Far

by Sheri

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It has been 232 days since Bear and I became parents to the love of our lives, our son, affectionately referred to as Knuddi in this post.

Never have we experienced so much joy and love in our lives. We have never been happier.

There are wonderful days when we feel our cup runneth over, and there are days we question if we are doing everything the ‘right’ way. Either way, our lives now have a greater purpose.

There is no right and wrong way.

Our way is the way that is best for our family and our son. The past month has been filled with lots of milestones for Knuddi. Talking more, saying new words, crawling, getting up in his bed and playpen!

All things so hard to imagine a half a year ago have now become our reality.

We are so excited and looking forward to many more great moments that will fill us with joy and pride.

Everyday is another blessing. The hugs, the giggles, the grins, the laughter. When Knuddi is happy so are we. We are able to rise to any occasion while stretching ourselves beyond any and all limits.

There is rarely a dull moment.

Being a parent, as you know is one of the most difficult and challenging jobs in the world, however, the most rewarding indeed.

Bear and I learn a lot from him. He teaches us not to take ourselves too seriously, be the best versions of ourselves as possible (Insert PATIENCE here, lol).

Also, being a parent is a twenty-four hour job so we are at Knuddi’s beck and call 24/7/365.

Children are active learners: trying, talking,  touching, ( since he started crawling and running around in his walker, NOTHING IS SAFE!

Our mission this weekend is to make the house as safe and secure as possible!

We are looking forward to him sprouting his first tooth, celebrating his first birthday, meeting baby friends at daycare and so much more.

The list is endless with a lifetime of milestones and proud moments heading our way. BLISS!

Suggestions for new parents?

  • Take Personal Time
  • Maintain A Social Life
  • Accept Help
  • Tag Team Sleep
  • Spend Time With Your Partner (yes! it is possible)
  • Take Care Of Your Health
  • Take Yourself Less Serious
  • Don’t compare
  • This too shall pass

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The one most important piece of advice I can give is TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. I cannot stress this enough.

Trust what your gut and heart are telling you.

The daily inspiration and love is like no other and we are so glad he chose us to be his parents.

We are ever so grateful to have him in our lives, and I am happy to be on the life journey of motherhood.


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CourtneyLynne November 8, 2016 - 19:55

Enjoy every moment of it!!!! Kids grow up way too fast!!!!

Amrita Basu November 5, 2016 - 00:39

Our way and nothing is safe are very important lessons.
You are a fantastic parent because you are in learning mode. That’s the best way to be .Enjoy these years.They are precooks.

Chante November 4, 2016 - 19:48

Being a parent is a blessing I’m forever thankful

Ana Ojha November 4, 2016 - 17:54

I don’t have kids but I admire all those parents who are able to balance work and life and takes care of their kids so well! Parenting is tough but I believe that everyone learns from their experiences. And thanks to you too for sharing your experience with us!

Valerie CottageMakingMommy November 4, 2016 - 15:58

I need more baby pics. I’m glad you are taking care of yourself.

Blair Villanueva November 4, 2016 - 00:05

Cute little angel! I’m also excited to have my own kid… Hope we will be bless this coming year.

emilynncaulfield November 3, 2016 - 22:49

What a cute baby! That picture really caught my attention. I love posts like this, I always learn something new from everyone’s different ideas/perspectives. Thank you for sharing!

Wanderlustkyla November 3, 2016 - 18:11

Congrats on your beautiful addition! I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to be a new parent! Sleep is so important so I think your tip to tag team on sleeping is a great idea!

Gurki Bhamber (@ThisGalsRecipes) November 3, 2016 - 16:55

Such a sweet post, and your baby is adorable. My little one is 4 now, your post reminded me of his baby days. Everyday seemed like an accomplishment and that we survived it was the first thought. Being a first time parent, you tend to question every decision of yours, but all I can say is enjoy this phase, as they grow with a blink of an eye!

nlampert November 3, 2016 - 11:20

Such a lovely post! I don’t have kids but I can imagine how important it must be to trust your instincts. Especially since there is SO much different information out there and everyone has different opinions on what’s “best”.

Maple Syrup and TeacupsEllie November 3, 2016 - 09:34

Such a lovely post! Congratulations on becoming a Mummy! I will definitely e keeping these things in mind for the future.

Amber Myers November 3, 2016 - 08:57

Lovely post. I agree on trusting your instincts. It’s what I do with my two kids and so far it’s working out.

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 6, 2016 - 09:24

I will take all these tips on board. My baby is due in 30 days and it will be such a life change, I know.

Valerie CottageMakingMommy October 5, 2016 - 13:17

Your son is so handsome and every person needs some me time even if it is only for 10 minutes a day. Being a new mommy is hard work and you are doing a great job.

Healthy Cooking Mom October 5, 2016 - 02:43

They grow up way to fast and no matter what being a parent changes us, i love all the milestones too and savoring those special moments, i need to remember your suggestions though even though we aren’t new parents its great advice. πŸ™‚ Marie

Blair Villanueva October 4, 2016 - 22:48

Congratulations for having your little prince! I believe that there is no perfect parents, the best of it is you can make your own rules of parenting, and make the best of it.

Janine Good October 4, 2016 - 18:03

Some great insight here! I am not a mother yet, but I am taking notes with every blog post I read about the trials and tribulations as well as the loving experiences parents face. This one truly illustrates this with your tellings of your experience.

Tessa Lynn Shull October 4, 2016 - 16:07

Such great insight. Especially, “There is no right and wrong way.” It’s so true. I think a lot of parents get stuck in a certain way, but it’s great to realize there are so many ways.

Bethanny Sudibyo October 4, 2016 - 16:06

First of all, congrats! Being a mom, or a parent, must be a very challenging job. I haven’t imagined myself with kids, but I saw my mom take care of me and my younger brother. I’m sure you’ll be a great mother!

Christina October 4, 2016 - 14:12

I need to do every single one of your suggestions. With a 5 year old and a newborn I’m going a little crazy!

MyYellowApron October 4, 2016 - 13:37

Love your son’s blog name. So cute. And, I’m with you on your suggestions on being normal after having a kid. My son is 4 years old and there are times, I still feel like I’m zoned out. Exercise and alone time with my hubby do help a lot.

Krystal // The Krystal Diaries October 4, 2016 - 10:43

This is great advice and something I will always keep in mind if I ever do have children in the future.

Courtney Cj October 4, 2016 - 08:58

Aww, babies! Lol Anywho, you said a word when you mentioned to read your baby and not our baby book. Sometimes we rely too heavily on “research” instead of instincts.

cutecountrychick October 4, 2016 - 08:43

Sheri- congratulations on this blessing. I can tell your heart flows with love for him and that you are a wonderful mother. God Bless!

Briana Marie October 4, 2016 - 07:08

Such a great post! I’m a young mother of 2. I’m 24 and I had my first child when I was 19. One thing I had to learn the hard way was that it is okay to ask for help. I always tell other Moms the same thing. That is an excellent suggestion. You gave a lot of great tips here. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. October 4, 2016 - 06:56

I’m not a parent but I can just imagine the love and excitement you must feel each day – waking up and knowing this little boy is YOURS!

Myda Tahir March 28, 2016 - 14:29

wow Sheri, congratulations on having the bundle of joy, keep your heart there are still many things in the store

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 29, 2016 - 17:37

Thank you so much Myda!

ToddWorley March 28, 2016 - 14:13

This was a really great article! Very touching. I feel that every family does it there way because that is what works for them, and there is no real wrong way to raise kids as long as you are always there for them (and of course not doing anything crazy like drugs or eating your kids). I find that being a parent is the greatest joy that I could have in my life!

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 29, 2016 - 17:37

Eating your kids! LOL. “Honey, I shrunk the kids – no ate them!” It really is the greatest joy and I am so excited and happy to be a mom. πŸ™‚

hilkayaker March 28, 2016 - 13:40

Trusting your instincts is so important! And yes, read your baby and intuition not what other people say. Mama knows best!

Inez Bayardo March 27, 2016 - 04:35

When I was pregnant a friend of mine told me that motherhood “is the hardest job you’ll ever love”. She was SO right. It’s funny, though, how I feel like I was much more prepared for the “hard” and really had no clue how much LOVE I would feel for this little tiny person. Some days are hard but they are mostly wonderful. Way better and so much more fun than I ever imagined. My little guy is into every thing now, too! I love how his little mind is always working… and his little body always moving. So much fun! Being a mom is the BEST thing I’ve ever done. By a landslide. πŸ™‚

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 27, 2016 - 18:31

Inez – I am so happy to read this, and thank you for sharing this with me. I absolutely agree with what your friend told you, and I agree with you 100% about motherhood being the best blessing ever. I never knew how much love I could feel for a person. It is a “job” that has constant rewards throughout the day and everyday. Just watching him grow, being happy, smiling at me, it makes my heart melt every time.
It is for me as you, the best thing I have ever done and will do. I am so in love. πŸ™‚

Landiekate March 26, 2016 - 23:23

This was a warming post to read. I’m only 22, and I was convinced I’d never want kids – I didn’t think I was the “mother-type”. Those “mother” insticts kicked in a few months ago, and its something I often find myself thinking about now. I’ve been with my current boyfriend for 7 years, and I know for a fact he wants a child at some point.

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 27, 2016 - 18:35

I smiled when I read this. I had those motherhood instincts kick in pretty late for me. I am 33 now but they did not kick in till I was 30. I wanted to live and enjoy life, travel and did not feel that I was prepared. After I hit 30 I kept thinking about how great it could/would be to have a little one. I am not sure there ever is a “right time” when planning, but when you are pregnant and your baby arrives, mother nature has a way of making that time the right time. Take your time in making your decision, but after 7 years, if you are in love and are sure that is who you want to spend your life with – go for it. I see every child as a blessing. No relationship is guaranteed to last forever, but once you are a mom, you are one for life. Wishing you all the best. πŸ™‚

Sandy KS March 25, 2016 - 06:43

Enjoy your little one as much as you. They grow up way to fast. I know I have a 15, 17, and 24 yr old children.

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 25, 2016 - 11:05

Yes Sandy! I feel like the last 9 months have gone by so quickly. He has grown so much already, standing, crawling, saying new words.
Reminds me of the quote “Let them be little, cause they are only that way for a while” πŸ™‚

Klaudia March 25, 2016 - 02:05

How lovely is this post , Sheri . I am not giving you any advices , just the one : enjoy ! I hope , your gorgeous little boy will get to read this post once he is old enough.

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 25, 2016 - 15:39

Thank you Klaudia. I will make sure I enjoy every single minute. Danke dir! Bussi

heidi March 24, 2016 - 22:51

As an “old” mom , being that my kids are in their twenties (shudder) one thing I really think nobody says and may seem selfish but make sure there are some things away from your kids that it isn’t everything, so you still know who you are it is good for everyone.

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 24, 2016 - 22:57

Heidi, I appreciate comments from “old” moms who have experience and can give me advice. This could save me a lot of worry and heartache so I am happy to read and listen to any advice given. I think all moms should maintain their individuality, not to forget who they are. Just like when you get married, yes you are a part of a couple, but you still need to be your own person. πŸ™‚

Jennifer March 24, 2016 - 16:21

So good that you’re remembering to take care of yourself. If you’re not physically and emotionally healthy then you can’t help your child to be so?

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 24, 2016 - 20:54

You are right Jennifer, a lot of moms forget about themselves while taking care of their children. Both mother and baby need to be healthy and happy in order to function πŸ™‚

Steena Hammer March 24, 2016 - 13:53

It’ll be gone before you know it, then you’ll be like me…four older children wishing for just one more snuggle, one more nursing, one more lullaby. I just wrote a piece about going back to those days.

Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 24, 2016 - 14:42

I am already missing the days when he was so tiny! He will be 10 months in a week. He is crawling, getting up, walking with help and it is all moving so very fast Steena! Wow, four kids. You are a super mom. I don’t think I could do it. I will make sure I read your piece. Thank You πŸ™‚

PearlMAB February 25, 2016 - 21:44

Hmmmm nice am really going to learn alot from you about parenting dou am still single and hoping for boaz to find me soon eheheh i love this i got jelly at some point but above all i did learn frm it marriage is another college we get into parenting is the second master degree lol .

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