The Top 4 Positive Changes I’ve Noticed in Myself After Becoming a Mom

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Motherhood has changed me. While my focus usually shifts towards the physical changes, I have begun to take notice of the positive changes that have occurred within myself now that I’m a mom.

1. I’m better at rolling with the punches

I have always been a huge planner and when plans changed (especially last-minute) my inner child would have a mini meltdown! I’m pleased to say I’ve become quite a bit more flexible. Let’s face it; with kids you sort of have to be. They can be masters of throwing curve balls your way. You can have the best laid plans set and ready to go and then BAM! One kiddo is sick, or over tired, or just plain not interested in letting you accomplish what you’ve set out to do.

2. I rely on humor to get me through the day

Out of the mouths of babes... this little 3-year-old sure knows how to put a smile on my face! (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)
Out of the mouths of babes… this little 3-year-old sure knows how to put a smile on my face! (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)

Ok, this is something I have always done but I think it’s become even more important to me now that I’m a parent. There are times where finding humor can be crucial for getting through the day sane! My patience can be wearing so thin and then my daughter can say something (completely straight-faced) and it downright cracks me up and lightens my mood. There are some days this unintentional comedy saves me from having a mini-breakdown. Especially after a hard day at work. I try to record every funny little quote that comes my way. Here are a few gems out of the mouth of my 3-year-old daughter:

“Not my problem. Stop your whining!”

“One day your belly was full of girls!”

“My boobies are red!”

3. I appreciate my time alone more than ever

There once was a time I would usually try to avoid having time by myself. Now, with 2 kids, there are days when the only time I have to myself is in the bathroom (and that’s not always a guarantee either)! These days, having some alone time takes a bit more planning and getting out to run a quick errand by myself can feel like a mini vacation (yes, sad but true!). Times like this give me the opportunity to regroup and recharge and I certainly feel that I come back a better parent because of it.

4. I take more notice of the small moments

Yes, I know it’s cliché but I do cherish each day more and more, especially the little moments within each day, as I see how quickly my kids are growing and changing. Little moments can consist of anything from enjoying a pretend tea party with my 2 daughters, to listening to my daughter excitedly discuss all of her big plans for her upcoming first year of preschool. Tiny moments full of hugs and kisses and, “Mommy, let’s be great friends!” Now, more than ever, I understand why some of the everyday moments can be just as, if not more, important than the big ones.

A tiny moment of love between sisters caught on camera. (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)
A tiny moment of love between sisters caught on camera. (Photo Credit: C. Corrigan)

 

3 comments on “The Top 4 Positive Changes I’ve Noticed in Myself After Becoming a Mom”

  1. I LOVE this list Carly…and second you on every single one. #cornballalert: The last picture absolutely makes my heart soar… i love those moments

  2. Carly,
    I just had to add a few things I really love about you being a mom…
    1. Every time I see you with those babies in your arms particularly when you play little games with Emma to make her laugh or when Caroline climbs up on your lap and plays with your hair it makes me think about the precious moments little girls have with their mommies and reminds me what an incredible mom you are!
    2. You are open to sharing with new or perspective moms…I say this because I know when I’m ready to have my own little ones you’ll be right by my side helping me with advice and tips
    3. I would like to second your comment about you appreciating alone time…or girl time…particularly with your sister in law:) I love the times we share together just the two of us or even along with the girls. I love talking about the simple joys of new music, relationships(my new realtionships and yours with my brother), family, and our shared love for crafting..yours for creating and mine for purchasing:)
    4. Last but not least my selfish reason that I get to enjoy your incredible kids all the time!! Wow are you raising two amazing little girls! I am so lucky to share some of that joy as your sister in law:)
    Love you lots and can’t wait to get extra time with the girls in Maine and hopefully some much needed Carly and Christie time:)

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