|Photo by Bob Cho|
|Left Photo by Bob Cho|
This video made me laugh a lot. While I was never as extreme as these moms, I can definitely relate to both of them. With Leah, I leaned more towards the Lysol mom, and now with Ava I'm definitely more relaxed. As Ava's first birthday is approaching, I found myself thinking how I've changed as a mother. I think the biggest changes are learning to be more efficient, becoming more of a minimalist, and just being more relaxed. Here's a few examples:
- There are actually very few baby items I consider essential. Helpful -yes, Essential - no. There isn't one baby toy that I think is a must have. I saved so many baby items from Leah to use with Ava, and most of them have rarely been used! Neither of my kids have ever really been drawn to their baby toys. They much rather play with a water bottle! If I left my house with nothing but a diaper, I would be just fine. I've been organizing a lot the past couple weeks, packing up so many items to give away because they haven't been used!
- I cook the same food for everyone. Ava started eating table food way earlier than Leah, and she eats everything! I save so much time not pureeing or chopping into tiny pieces separate food for Ava. I'm not sure if there is any relation, but I'm curious if she's a way better eater because of this. Praying she stays that way!
- A little fall or slip just needs some extra cuddles most of the time. I hate to admit this, but Ava definitely has a few more bumps and bruises than Leah had at that age. Having a toddler around, I'm not always able to be right next to Ava when she slips on the hardwood floors or loses her balance. I've learned to not freak out over these incidences and after some cuddles she's back to being her happy self!
It's interesting to look back at how my perspective has changed. I'm sure I still have a lot of change in the years to come! I hope everyone has a great weekend!