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15 Things I’ve Learned About Being A Mom After 15 Months

I Adore What I Love Blog // 15 THINGS I'VE LEARNED ABOUT BEING A MOM AFTER 15 MONTHS // Featured Image // #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!


  • Lily Ayala April 6, 2016 at 8:21 am

    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

    • Dana Ivy April 6, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Yes! Your mom is right! I’m become pretty good at it but at first it was not an easy thing for me!! Have a good day!! Xx

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista April 6, 2016 at 9:02 am

    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

    • Dana Ivy April 6, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Thanks girl! And coffee beans in the diaper pail might actually be my #1!!!!!! Xox

  • Dara April 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

    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 //

    • Dana Ivy April 6, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Dara! You’re so sweet! What can I say… I try?!? Glad you found my blog!! Xox

  • Biana Perez April 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

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

    • Dana Ivy April 6, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Yes!!! A good post to bookmark for the future! And right?! That one I realized after months of doing it the hard way! Xox

  • for seven seasons April 6, 2016 at 10:36 am

    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 April 6, 2016 at 10:59 am

      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

  • Staci Hauk April 6, 2016 at 10:41 am

    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! ;)

    • Dana Ivy April 6, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Hahah SO important! I don’t think anyone realizes this UNTIL they have kids!

  • Shauna C April 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

    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 April 6, 2016 at 11:24 am

      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

  • Amber Shannon April 6, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    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
    Today’s Post: Jag Jeans Style Series: Denim Jacket for a Brunch Date!

    • Dana Ivy April 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Totally! Thanks Amber, you’re so sweet! Glad you found my blog!! Xox

  • Jalisa April 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    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 April 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      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

  • Sana April 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    You are doing awesome! I have 0 babies but I photograph a lot of children. So this is helpful!

    • Dana Ivy April 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Awww thanks for the comment, Sana! Photographing babies might be one of the most difficult things! Props to you lady!! Xox

  • Ileana Druetta April 6, 2016 at 5:21 pm

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



    • Dana Ivy April 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Ileana!!! Kids are the best!!!!! Xox

  • Natalie April 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    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!


    • Dana Ivy April 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      You’re so welcome! Yes! Bookmark this page for the future! Hah Xox

  • Corner52 April 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

    what a great post!

    • Dana Ivy April 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Glad you like!!!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Raina Elegado April 7, 2016 at 10:28 am

    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

    • Dana Ivy April 7, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      So true, right?!! So glad you found my blog!! Xox

  • katelyn ryan April 7, 2016 at 6:29 pm

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

    • Dana Ivy April 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      OMG It’s the BEST feeling ever Katelyn!!!!!!! I die every time he says it and now he says it a lot – never gets old!! Xox

  • Leah McPherson April 8, 2016 at 8:46 am

    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 April 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      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

  • Julie April 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    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 April 11, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      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

  • Ashley April 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

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

    • Dana Ivy April 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      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

  • Annette April 11, 2016 at 12:50 am

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

    • Dana Ivy April 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      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

  • crystal April 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    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 April 11, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      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

  • Kristy Lyons April 15, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Great feed and GREAT advice :)

    xo Kristy

    • Dana Ivy April 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by the blog, Kristy!! Glad you enjoyed this post!! Xox

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