Written By: Amie Jane Hankinson
Amie is a first time mum to a little girl Mackenzie, she has a background in Kindergarten teaching in QLD. Amie has a passion for education and care for young children, and am currently setting up sensory, music, movement and AUSLAN classes for babies and young children in my area. The company is called Soundsations.
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Let’s get the point of this straight away: IM SORRY!!!
I am sorry for any little or large piece of advice that I offered to you at any stage about parenting before I actually became a parent!! And I really do mean it, I’m sorry!
You see I considered myself a little bit of an expert when it came to children; I’d been babysitting since I was roughly 7 years old; I’d been working with children since I left high school; and I studied a 4 year full time degree on educating and caring for children from birth to 8years; not to mention the hundreds of hours I’d spent at seminars, workshops and researching on my own. So I had lots of knowledge and was in a position to offer friends and family advice, right? WRONG
Then I became a mum….
Let’s just say the first 6 weeks contained some of the hardest days of my life. I knew it would be hard, everyone told me it would be hard. But do you realize how hard it actually is until you’ve lived it? Definitely NOT
Nothing can quite prepare you. For me (and every bodies experience will be different) it wasn’t the sleepless nights, it wasn’t the crying from your roller coaster of hormones, it WAS the anxiety and ‘mummy guilt’. The anxiety over the unknown: is my baby feeling ok, have I taked to her enough today, have I talked too much, have I cuddled her enough, have I cuddled too much, have I offered enough stimulation, could she have reflux, could this rash be deadly, why’s she pulling at her ears, is this a tired or hungry cue? Let’s not even get into the breast feeding struggles, that’s an article on its own (if anyone ever tells you it comes naturally- laugh! Laugh very hard).
I went into the newborn stage with a plan- we were never going to bed share; I was going to get lots of study done while the baby slept; my partner was going to come home to cooked dinners and prepared lunches; my partner was going to offer a bottle of pumped milk every night from 6 weeks so I could have me time, we were going to go back to work and it was going to be simple, I was going to have an awesome body from all the exercise I’d do. And the list goes on…
WELL, that expensive bassinet and cot= useless, those twenty-million bottles and expensive sterilizer= never used, and all that time I was meant to have while the baby slept= what on earth was I thinking!!!!
I am now almost 6 months into motherhood and I don’t think I’ve had a single day that ‘goes to plan’. I’ve quickly learnt that no matter what you think you know, you know NOTHING until you have children of your own. And even still I feel I know nothing! We are learning more and more together EVERY single day!! And even after the rough days, long nights, missed meals and cold coffees, I can easily say that my life is PERFECT and my family is PERFECT!!
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