I Adore What I Love Blog // 15 THINGS I'VE LEARNED ABOUT BEING A MOM AFTER 15 MONTHS // Featured Image // www.iadorewhatilove.com #iadorewhatiloveBrody JUST turned 15 months! For the 90th time you guys, time really does fly by!! I know that I sound like a broken record when I say that but it never ceases to amaze me. The fact that Brody is officially considered a toddler is just CRAY. With that being said, I’ve learned a lot about #momlife over the past 15 months and while I don’t claim to be an expert, by any means, I do wish I knew the things that I know now when Brody was an infant. Here are 15 things that I’ve learned since my favorite little boy came into my life {and made it SO much better}

1. Some babies develop acid reflux, and it sucks, for the parents and for the baby. BUT they do grow out of it eventually. Aside from prescribed medicine, a few things to get you through the days of spit-up and tummy troubles include colic-ease gripe water, daily probiotic drops, oatmeal in each bottle, and stylish bibs. GAME CHANGERS.

2. It’s WAY easier to put on baby shoes if you’re standing or sitting behind  the baby. Trust me on this one. 

3. Doing the laundry was never fun but after having a baby, it becomes extra un-fun! And folding the laundry… ugh, don’t even get me started! THE WORST. But do it right away, or else it will pile up and you’ll feel ridiculously overwhelmed. Off to go take my own advice…

4. Pour ground coffee beans on the bottom of the diaper pail to eliminate the horrid dirty diaper odors. IT WORKS.

5. It’s not worth it to worry about every little thing. Will your baby ever eat solids? YES. Will your baby ever become mobile? YES. Will your baby ever say words with meaning? YES. Listen, Brody isn’t walking yet or really saying anything more than “dada” {well, he did start saying “mama” and words that start with b, like “ball”; and he says “hiiiii!”} but I’ve stopped worrying because guess what: THEY ALL CATCH UP. And even though it’s hard not to compare your child to others, every baby is different and they all progress physically and verbally on their own time… and that’s okay =)

6. DO NOT REACT when your baby falls… the calmer you stay, the calmer your baby will be! It’s inevitable that your babe will slip, tumble, or topple on the ground as he or she starts to grow and gain strength, but as parents, you have to stay cool!! Sometimes Brody will start hysterical crying after a big fall and other times he doesn’t even flinch {when I thought he’d be screaming!!}. I try to stay silent, holding my breath of course, until I catch his reaction. Then take it from there ;)

7. Baby wipes are your best friend. Keep them with you at all times because you will use them for everything. EVERYTHING. My favorite brand = THE HONEST COMPANY.

8. A baby’s nap schedule is important but as the parent, it’s even more important to be flexible! Let me tell you, I like love a schedule as much as the next person, but as soon as you think it’s set, something changes. It’s INEVITABLE… so you just have to go with it!

9. Pregnancy brain doesn’t really ever go away. At least for me it didn’t. Except now it’s referred to as #mombrain. Wait, what did you just tell me 10 minutes ago?!?!

10. Obviously I love all my friends, and remain close with those sans baby, but most of my now good friends are girls moms who I met AFTER Brody was born! It’s weird how this happens but it’s inevitable. These are the people who you have the most in common with now, can turn to for mom advice, plan playdates with, go to lunch together, and talk to about your child’s poop schedule… and no judging is involved. Just sound advice and real life! I love my mom friends besties SO MUCH and know we’ll be there for each other for the long haul. 

11. When a baby gets sick, and it will happen, prepare for it to last for way longer than you could have ever imagined. Ugh. I’m only telling you this because it SHOCKED me. Especially when Brody was in daycare, he got sick often and we’d take him to the doc who said a cold could last up to 3 weeks. 3 WEEKS! What?! And then there’s not much you can give a sick baby to help him/her with the pain. It’s so pitiful and heartbreaking and not easy to deal with, BUT, everyone will get through it with a little extra snuggles and TLC ;)

12. I knew babies grow so fast which comes with them also growing out of their UHDORABLE tiny baby clothes pretty quickly, but nobody told me about the upkeep that comes with that! OMG! Obviously there’s not room to keep allllll of Brody’s clothes {even the ones he’s grown out of} in his dresser drawers and I had no clue what to do with all these clothes when he was done with them and ready for the next size. I’ve always made it a priority to keep B’s clothes really nice and clean, with the possibility of them being reused one day for baby #2 {not yet guys! anddddd only if it’s a boy, that is}, so I went to The Container Store and bought these clear boxes. Before putting his clothes in the bins, I rolled all his shirts, pants, etc. nicely inside, labeled the bins by age and now they are perfectly stacked in B’s closet! These containers are THE BEST and I love that they’re clear, too.

13. BB {before baby} I took out the garbage once a day, maybe once every other day. AB {after baby} I take out the garbage 2-5 times a day… and that is no exaggeration. What I started doing, however, is life changing: I put about 10 bags on top of each other in the kitchen garbage pail. Then, when I take one out I don’t have to get a new bag to refill the pail because it’s already in there. Genius, right?! This is one of my favorite tips!!  

14. Everyone is going to have their own opinions about being a mom and raising a child but what I’ve realized is that no one has the answers. When it comes down to it, every baby is different as is every parent. If something works, go with it, if it doesn’t, try a different method. And what might work for me, might not work for you. With that being said, if it works, it’s the right way to do it! 

15. Last but not least, this is one that everyone told me to expect but I just didn’t really understand it until the second Brody was put into my arms. That is, you’ll never know a love so deep until you have a child! And there is no truer statement. With that comes worry, stress, and also, the most amazing way to go through life. Pregnancy and birth is an INCREDIBLE thing!  

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Basically, I just gave you a list of 15 MOM HACKS!  
Want a bonus hack: COFFEE. I don’t drink caffeine but I guarantee most moms would tell you that they drink LOTS and LOTS of coffee. For the record, however, I do drink coffee everyday… just decaf.

Share this post with your pregnant besties, you guys!!! They will love you for it!

Any mom hacks that you know of and care to share?!? Do tell!

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  1. Lily Ayala says:

    My mom always says not to react when a baby falls and just act normal. Crazy how it actually works. LOL!

    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  2. Loving this list, and definitely saving the idea about the coffee beans in the diaper pail! Genius! Happy 15 months to little man :-D

    Green Fashionista

  3. Dara says:

    I loved reading this! It sounds like you’ve got a pretty solid handle on this whole mom thing, I mean ground coffee beans at the bottom of the diaper pail? Genius!

    -Dara // http://www.peoniesandhoneybees.com

  4. Biana Perez says:

    So many tips to keep in mind when that times comes for me…I love the tidbit about baby shoes haha! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  5. Being a mom sounds like a pretty wild time! That’s a lot of taking out the garbage hahahaha. But it’s obvious how thrilled you are, which is wonderful!


    • Dana Ivy says:

      Wild!!! Hahah! And omg don’t even get me started on the garbage… it’s not okay! But glad I have it under control :) Glad you found my blog! Xox

  6. Staci Hauk says:

    FYI, the baby wipes never leave your purse! I have an 8 and 5 year old as you know and still carry them everywhere! I buy purses with them in mind — will they fit? It’s important! ;)

  7. Shauna C says:

    I love all of these tips, and you made me laugh too! Love the pics, Brody is such a stud! So glad I found your blog!! Have a great week!



    • Dana Ivy says:

      Haha glad I could make you laugh, Shauna!! And thanks for the Brodster compliments… we’ll keep him ;) Enjoy your week as well and thanks for stopping by the blog!! Xx

  8. Sounds like you’ve got a good handle on this (this being motherhood)! The coffee idea sounds like a great idea!! Not reacting to every thing is good, too! Reactions are often learned, they are indeed social… so babies will certainly look to others to see how to behave or respond.

    Nice list!! Happy for you!

    All the Cute
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  9. Jalisa says:

    This is AWESOME for women like me who haven’t had children yet, kind of like a heads up, so thank you! Time really does fly, doesn’t it?! Even though I don’t have children of my own (yet), I do have a step-daughter and I can’t believe how fast she’s growing and maturing! I hope you’re having a great week so far and thanks again for sharing!



    • Dana Ivy says:

      Yes! It’s a heads up!! I’m so glad you find it useful even if you don’t have kids yet! Hope you’re having a great week as well lady! Xox

  10. Sana says:

    You are doing awesome! I have 0 babies but I photograph a lot of children. So this is helpful! http://www.supersana.com

  11. Ileana Druetta says:

    Love this!!! I cannot wait to have kids :)



  12. Natalie says:

    I’m not a mom yet but these are some great tips! I’ll have to remember these for when I do have little kiddos. Thanks for sharing!


  13. Corner52 says:

    what a great post!

  14. Raina Elegado says:

    I love this!! It’s so true! My daughter is 14 months so we are totally going through the same thing :) Thanks for sharing!

    xo Raina

  15. katelyn ryan says:

    loved this! our little girl is taking her time when it comes to talking too, i can’t wait for her to say ‘mama’!


  16. I love every single one of these! Isn’t is amazing and crazy how much life changes after you become a mom?? -xx Leah || Chasing Texas

    • Dana Ivy says:

      Ah must have missed your comment, Leah! Yes! It’s insane how quickly life changes but in the best way possible, of course! So glad you liked this post!! Happy Monday! Xox

  17. Julie says:

    I do the same thing with my trash bags! Learned it from Buzz Feed lol…Awesome tips!

    Come by for a visit, would love to get your thoughts on my latest design! Happy Weekend hun!


    Haute Khuuture Blog

    • Dana Ivy says:

      Ahahahah hilarious! I swear I never saw it anywhere before I started doing it! Glad to know it’s a buzz feed approved mom hack! So glad you liked this post, Julie!! Happy Monday!!! Xox

  18. Ashley says:

    These are such great tips! I’m due in July and I know I’ll have a lot to learn!

    • Dana Ivy says:

      Omgosh! How exciting Ashley!!! July is coming up soon! Hope you’ve been feeling well and I’m glad you learned a few things from my post! Xox

  19. Annette says:

    The coffee tip is a good one! Thanks for sharing your tips, adorable baby pics.

    • Dana Ivy says:

      Aww thanks Annette! Yes, it’s a great tip if I do say so myself! And it really does work!! Plus, everyone loves the smell of coffee so it’s a total win! Happy Monday! Xox

  20. crystal says:

    I live on energy drinks some days due to trying to keep up with three kids and working from home. (I’m not a huge fan of coffee and it doesn’t do anything for me, unfortunately!) This is such a great list of things learned from being a mom.

    • Dana Ivy says:

      Ah I SO feel you, Crystal! I’m the total opposite of you coincidentally, in that coffee makes me crazy {and I get really bad headaches} and energy drinks affect me like whoa! I do like drinking a match latte though!! Ha! Anyways, I am so glad you enjoyed reading this list! You are so so sweet!! Happy Monday!! Xox

  21. Kristy Lyons says:

    Great feed and GREAT advice :)

    xo Kristy

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