I can barely believe that our boys will be one year old next week. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at home just begging for these boys to be born (39 weeks with twins is FOREVER!). My sister-in-law is going to welcome a precious little girl into the world any day. This past weekend while back ‘home’ for a funeral in Dan’s family, I heard the dad to be tell his wife…’Someone got us a present it is in the other room, they said it is a Mom Must Have Necessity.’
Ironically I was contacted by Gerber (check out their awesome new FREE sleep consult offer!! Seriously a free appt with a baby sleep expert, crazy good!) the day after hearing this conversation…they wanted me to write about the #formulaforhappiness with your baby in the first year…I knew just what I wanted to write about.
Mom Must Haves
I heard that phrase and it got me thinking. It made me remember all the blogs I read trying to find the perfect mom must have items, all the books I read making sure I had all those mom must haves, all the time I spent on the registry focusing on those MOM MUST HAVES…guess what? I didn’t use many of those mom must haves.
As I reflect back on this year it comes to mind that perhaps the only mom must is love and patience.
I admit I was not and am not a very patient person but becoming a mom puts patience into a whole new light. I pray daily for more and more patience. Not only patience with the boys but with myself when I make mistakes, when I’m tired, when I’m worn down. Patience with my husband who tries so hard to help but let’s be honest we are both learning as we go and sometimes that isn’t the easiest thing to go through together as husband and wife. Patience every day, all day, all night…patience!
The other mom must for me was learning that the only thing I really need is love. No gadget, no toy, no diaper cream, no nothing is essential like a mother and wife’s love. People often ask me a couple questions – how do you do it with two babies? what do I need before my twins arrive? Really…I need to stop responding with any product or tip…and just respond the only thing that matters is that you love, love, love with a patient heart. Love yourself because you will mess up, love your babies because they will never love anyone else like they love you, love your spouse because they will be strong when you are weak…love every day, all day, all night…love!
Disclosure: Today’s post is sponsored by Gerber® Good Start® Gentle, who believe that comfort for baby means happiness for all. Here is my Formula for Happiness™. But you better believe all thoughts (esp mom topics ) are 110% my own opinions.