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When my son, Matteo, was born, I knew my life was going to change forever. But I had no clue how much he would teach me so early on.

For someone who can’t even talk yet and is still learning how the world works around him, he has taught me some valuable lessons. He truly keeps me grounded!

In honor of him turning 6 months in a few days, I wanted to share 7 important lessons my son has taught me in such a short amount of time.

1. Be Present, Mindful, & Slow Down

Everyone will tell you how quickly the time flies. The minute he was born, I knew I wanted to do my best to be as present as possible. Even though I’ve been fully present, the time still flies. So I’m happy that I am soaking in every moment I can when I’m with him.

I’m not perfect, but I do catch myself most of the time when I am distracted while spending time with him.

Having Matteo has helped me slow down and not be in a rush to do a million things at once.

2. Start the Day With a Positive Attitude

My sweet Matteo wakes up smiling every day! He has shown me that everyday is truly a fresh start and we can make the choice to start the day with a positive attitude.

Too often, we associate mornings with being crabby and not wanting to be around others. Although it’s hard to wake up some days, I try to remember that I am in control of how I feel.

The best part of my day is going to Matteo’s crib and seeing the big smile on his face!

3. I Am Capable of Doing Hard Things

There is something that came over me after going through pregnancy and giving birth. I still have moments where I doubt myself but I have learned that I really can take on anything.

Like most first time moms, I was overwhelmed with everything that goes into taking care of a baby. The only way to learn is through experience.

But I can look back and see that I’ve overcome every obstacle up until this point.

There will be moments where you feel like you’ll never get it right, but just know that this too shall pass and your little one will be right by your side the whole time.

4. The True Definition of Patience

I thought I was a patient person before, but having a baby takes patience to another level. I am constantly reminding myself that babies are learning at the same time we are.

At such a young age, the main way they communicate is crying. And I’ve learned that crying doesn’t always mean something major is wrong. They just can’t express that they’re uncomfortable with words yet.

In these 6 months of motherhood, I’ve learned that sometimes it’s going to take extra time for our babies to calm down. All we can do is provide as much comfort as possible.

The fussiness doesn’t last forever, although it can feel that way!

5. How To Control My Reactions

Along with patience, I’ve learned to be more mindful of how I react. I have to constantly remind myself that I’m being watched now.

Not that I have a temper, but I think we’re all guilty of escalating or making more of a situation.

Since having Matteo, I’ve been trying to think of the role model I want to me. He has taught me to think before I react and helped me reflect on the type of person I want to be.

6. Appreciate the Little Things

Matteo’s life is simple: he drinks his milk, naps, and plays. He does a lot of the same thing every day yet he’s happy and content. The most simple thing will make him smile.

He has taught me that the little things in life are enough. Because of him, I appreciate and take notice of simple things around me.

7. Dreams Do Come True

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at my son and thought, “dreams do come true.” There’s a lot I want to accomplish and becoming a mom was one of the things I’ve wanted most.

There are other goals I haven’t reached yet, but when I look at Matteo, I know he is proof that I can achieve them. Everything happens at the right time.

Final Thoughts on Lessons my Son Has Taught Me

Becoming a mom has been such a blessing and I’ve learned to not underestimate what we can learn from our children! What are some important lessons you’ve learned from your kids? Share in the comments!

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