My daughter will be six years old next month and my son will be two years old in a couple of weeks, and yet oftentimes I still feel like a new mom. Even if your child is now an adult, you’re sometimes still a new parent, too. With each new experience you have with your child, you learn something new or have to solve a problem in a new way that you’ve not experienced yet. Here are a few of my own “still a new mom” moments that I’ve been blessed and amused to have:
- Last year, my son fell and got a big bump on his head. My daughter never got one when she was a toddler, so my husband and I didn’t know what to do. Luckily, the bump wasn’t too bad so all we had to do was ice it and watch for signs of concussion. Scary for us, but our little guy was fine.
- When we only had my daughter, road trips were fairly easy. We could basically just pack up and go. Logan, on the other hand, doesn’t like to be in his car seat for so long. It’s hard to keep him distracted when he’s still rear-facing. Also for vacations, we now have to reserve bigger hotel rooms to accommodate all of us.
- Emily was an only child for four years before we had Logan, and so she mostly got her way. Now that they’re both playing with the same toys, reading the same books, and in each other’s space a lot, we’re learning how to resolve their conflicts.
- Emily started preschool last year and so that was a whole bunch of new mom experiences for me! From packing lunches to getting to school on time, it was a big adjustment. Now that she’s in Kindergarten, I feel a bit more sure of myself and have better routines.
- Here’s something new I never thought I’d say: “No Logan, the rubber ducky does not go in the dog’s water dish.” Better than in the toilet, right?! 😉
- In a year or two, it will be time to potty train my son. Potty training my daughter made sense to me because we’re both females. Teaching a little boy to use the toilet? Definitely going to be a new experience!
So whether you’ve only got a few months of experience as a mama or a whole bunch of mom years under your belt, rest assured that there will be new experiences and that we’re all trying our best. Enjoy these moments, embrace them, and continue learning from them.
Thanks for reading!