Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Monica Faram

February 12, 2012

Monica Faram: What I’ve learned about being a mom

It’s been almost four months since our little girl was born. She has been a true blessing.

I’ve learned a lot in that short time, about being a mom and about being a working mom.

It takes hardly anything to entertain a baby. Just a simple look in their direction brings a smile to their face that will melt your heart in an instant. Those expensive bouncers and toys? Leave those to the grandparents to purchase. All it takes to entertain my little girl is watching the fan.

You will get used to baby music and pretty soon that’s all you’ll know. I bought London a little Bible songs CD at Dollar Tree that we listen to daily. I find myself humming the songs to myself at work ... and I can’t think of any other music.

Same thing goes for baby TV shows. London loves watching BabyFirstTV and Baby Einstein. We limit her time watching it but I can already tell you all her favorite programs on both, as well as sing or hum the theme songs to them.

Despite all those promises you make while pregnant, you will be one of “those moms” who constantly talks about her child and shows off her pictures. I am sure I drive my Facebook friends crazy with all the pictures and status updates I post about London, but you really can’t help it, especially when your baby is a newborn.

Being a working mom has added to the amount of lessons I’ve learned in these four short months.

It hurts your heart leaving your baby to go back to work after maternity leave. No sugercoating here. Nothing prepares you for that first moment you leave your baby. You will cry.

The first few days back at work it will be very hard to accomplish anything. You constantly worry about the baby and wonder if they’re doing alright. I called my parents three of four times a day to check on London while they watched her those first few weeks. It does get better though as time goes on.

The best thing about being a working mom is that no matter how tough a day I have, I know I’m going to get to see her when I get home. That little smile and giggle when she sees me walk in the door is worth more than anything I could ever imagine.

Becoming a mother has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. 

 

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