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There are a lot of things I didn't know before I became a mom, like how to soothe a baby, how to change a diaper, how to sleep train your kids, the medicines you can and can't use while breastfeeding and the instincts only mom's have. I didn't know how to get spit up stains out of clothes or that it was even going to be a thing I'd need to learn. I didn't know that my marriage would hit a crazy rocky point and I didn't know how selfless I truly was. I didn't know a lot of things before I became a mom but these are the four biggest things I learned about myself as soon as I brought Ava into this world:
1. I love wine.
...like a whole lot. You know it's funny because before I became a mom, I heard other mom's saying how they just can't live without it. They'd say it was a night time, after-the-kids-go-to-bed, winding-down time must and I just didn't get it.
But now I do. Whether it's dinner time or we're enjoying a glass out in the summer sunshine, wine is calming and enjoyable and it's just...perfection.
Wine is a mom's favorite juice. Wine is my favorite juice.
And Cameron Hughes Wine is definitely a fave. Cameron Hughes Wine is all about what’s inside the bottle, no fancy label, simple website… just high quality wine at affordable prices and that totally speaks to me as a mom. That's basically my life in a nutshell. Cameron Hughes wine is only one of a few Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) wine brands out there -- They source their wine and sell direct to the customer, which is how they’re able to sell an $80 Cabernet for only $30. And of course, those prices totally speak to me! So we can get a great bottle for entertaining, for date night or just for a glass after the kids go to bed, without breaking the bank.
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2. I don't care what other's think.
I used to put on makeup before I left the house and I used to make sure I was presentable wherever I went. And while it makes me feel great when I have a chance to put on some mascara and throw on some jeans, there are things that matter far more in life and I now know that. I don't care what other's think of me so much anymore -- it's more about how I feel about myself. Am I proud of how I'm parenting? Am I excited about my accomplishments and where I am and where I'm going? If so, then that's all that matters.
3. Saying "no" is harder than ever.
Before I became a mom I thought, "Why do kids spoil their kids rotten?" I just didn't get it. It's easy -- just don't buy them everything they want. But now that I am a mom, I get it. I get why kids get spoiled and entitled and it's harder than ever to tell Ava, "no." She doesn't want to go to bed at 8pm and all I want to do is snuggle her and play with her all night long. She screams for more YouTube and it's far easier to give in than to listen to an hour of screaming. And that toy she wants so badly? I want to give her the world! It's hard, it's really hard.
4. Two kids may not be enough.
I've got major baby fever, over here, and if I'm being honest, I have for probably a year now...or longer. And since we've been married, I've only ever wanted two kids -- one boy and one girl. But the other day, I was thinking about it and I said to my husband, "Maybe we should have like five kids?" And I was dead serious. He, on the other hand, almost died when he heard those words come out of my mouth.
But if I think about it, only getting one more baby seems insane. My first baby is already a toddler and sooner than I know it she will be in school and then I only get one more baby? Only one more?? At this point, that sounds insane and just so sad. So how am I ever going to stop??
This love I feel is a feeling that just can't be described in words and if you're a mom, you know exactly what I'm talking about. And this love grows ans grows and grows and it's the best feeling in the world. So why would I ever want to stop adding that kind of love to my life? Only time will tell but this mama's ovaries are itching for more.
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