31 July 2019, by Flora Isabelle

24 lessons I’ve learnt from 24 months of motherhood

Typing the title kinda scares me.

I mean, obviously I know that Nate is turning 2 – hence the title – but WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY HE’S TURNING 2?!

Wasn’t he born like… yesterday?! Somebody tell me where has my baby gone!

Let’s welcome the terrible twos 😉

But yes, with Nate turning 2 in end August, it would also mean I’ve survived 24 months of motherhood. So here’s my way of living to tell the tale.

When he was still a one-year-old munchkin... how fast they grow!

When he was still a one-year-old munchkin… how fast they grow!

  1. Whoever said “sleep when the baby sleeps” was obviously lying.
    Either that or he/she never had to pump, eat, use the bathroom, reply messages, surf Instagram or just, you know… breathe.

  2. There will be days when your child seems like the sweetest thing in the world and other days which leaves you questioning your own existence in this universe.

  3. There will also be days where your baby eats like a champ and days where all he’s eaten is a grand total of two strawberries.
    I’ve since learnt to let it go.

  4. Your kid will put everything – and I really mean EVERYTHING – in his mouth.
    Let it go.

  5. If you haven’t already guessed, “let it go” is now my mantra to almost everything – I could have totally turned into Elsa.

  6. Every child is different.
    Speak to your friends and commiserate but don’t compare.

  7. Working + motherhood is a lethal combination but it can be done.

  8. Division of labour (be it with your spouse, helper or caregiver) is a must.
    Do not try to do everything by yourself.

  9. Taking care of yourself is necessary in order to care for your child.

  10. Having kids may radically change your ambitions.

  11. There will be some things that you simply cannot do when you become a mother to a young child.
    But trust that life will have its way of making things happen for you some day.

  12. Kids fall sick.
    They are kids after all.

  13. This too shall pass.

  14. Pre-school is important but it’s important to move at your child’s pace.
    There is nothing wrong with being a pre-nursery dropout.

  15. They will learn how to spell and count eventually.

  16. But they may never get to play so heartily at the playground if you don’t let them do so now.

  17. Outdoor play is SO important (especially if you want them to “knock out” automatically by bedtime).

  18. It’s okay to not be ‘okay’.
    There will be some storms to weather and there’s nothing wrong with asking for help along the way.

  19. Trust your instincts.
    They are called motherly instincts for a reason.

  20. Be present.
    Moments with your child are best captured with your eyes and company; not with the camera.

  21. Kids are humans too.
    Don’t brush their emotions and tantrums aside. Try to see things from their perspective and understand what they have trouble articulating.

  22. Having more kids is my husband and my decision – not my parents, not my friends and certainly not the random Aunty I bumped into in the lift.

  23. You’re a mum FOR LIFE.

  24. But you’ll survive; somehow, some way, you will!

1 Comment


August 9th, 2019 at 4:33 pm    

Thanks for Post!
For the first few months of motherhood, I looked like a hot mess. But when things settled down and I established something approaching a normal routine, especially when I was working from home, I made it a point to wear makeup every day.

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