Building Confidence as a New Mom

Building Confidence as a New MomBeing a mom is by far the scariest thing I have ever done. I still remember the moment Nick and I left the hospital feeling completely unprepared to take care of this tiny human.

I feel so much more confident after 6 months and looking back I see two specific times that contributed to my confidence as a mom. The first, was a night I already wrote about. You can read the full story here, but basically when Emerson was three days old Nick and I were under- feeding him. I felt so horrible and thought I was the worst mom ever. After a good nights sleep I learned that he is pretty sturdy and that I’m going to make a ton of mistakes.

The second moment was the first big outing I had alone with Emerson. He was only a few months old and I had to take him with me to go see my dad in the hospital. I was driving in a part of town I wasn’t very familiar with, so that was enough to make me a little nervous. Then there were like four parking lots and of course I parked in the one farthest away from the waiting room I needed to go to. Once we were inside Emerson started crying like crazy so I had to hold him with one arm and push the stroller with the other. After spending a few hours at the hospital I made my way back to the car and eventually home.

For the first time since Emerson was born I felt like I could actually do this. I called my mom just to tell her that I survived, which sounds so silly, but it was such a shift in my mindset. I still have  moments where I have no idea what to do next, but I know that I can overcome them. I don’t think there is any secret to becoming a confident mom, you just keep going and with time it gets easier and easier.

Did you ever have a pivotal moment with your kids? Make sure to comment and share any stories you have.

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