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happy friday + 3 things i've learned...

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Happy Friday guys! Thanks so much to all of my awesome guest bloggers over the last few weeks. It's been so nice to get a little time away while getting acquainted with our little lady. Speaking of getting acquainted...now that my baby bump photos have come and gone, I thought I'd still post things of a personal nature here on Fridays. Some of you have asked about things for newborns, clothing while pregnant, etc...so I'll be sharing those things here with you over the next month or so.

Today, I'm finishing off the week with 3 things I've learned in my 3 weeks as a mom...

01 / Your motherly instinct really does kick in. While it doesn't come without a learning curve, soon enough you learn what your baby's cries mean and what they want and need. All those things you worry about not knowing how to do (I had never changed a diaper before!), you really do figure out...quick!

02 / Sleep really is sporadic. Everyone tells you that, but I didn't really believe it until I had my very own newborn. I thought that getting up in the middle of the night was like feeding my cats. You get up, do it, and then you go back to sleep. I had no idea that sometimes babies are just awake and need to be entertained or sometimes they alternate eating and pooping for hours on end.

03 / You have more love than you ever realized. Even though I've known my baby for less time than I've known most everyone else in my life, I love her more than I ever thought possible. Everyone says it, but you really don't believe it until you're there face-to-face with a tiny person you created.

So, you mama's out there, what's something you learned during your first few weeks as a parent? I'm still figuring this whole thing out, and I'd love to hear! — Joy

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