Five months ago I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. She is a handful but seriously so much fun! Over the last 5 months I've learned so much from her and continue to learn. Here are five lessons she has taught me.
1. Wake up Happy
Every morning when my daughter wakes up, she wakes up with a smile. She is so happy to start a new day. So happy to see the sun and to make the best of the day.
In this same way, we should wake up with a smile. I know we are sometimes tired or don't want to wake up so early but every day is a new day to make the best of. A new day to make change and do something new.
2. Be excited about life
My daughter is starting to explore everything. She is so excited by all the new things that are around her. Everything is exciting, everything has life and everything is worth smiling about.
If there is something I haven't lost is getting excited about new things. Whether it's new soap, new book or something I've just never seen. This excitement over things makes life worth living. I don't necessarily go out and look for new things, I just spot them. Try looking for new things and getting excited about it. Trust me, it makes life a lot of fun.
3. Be present
Guess who is teaching me to keep the phone out of my bed? Yup! My daughter. In the morning when she wakes up I feed her in my bed and let her hang out there. She does not like it when I have my phone out. She'll be telling me a baby story and smiling and I'll have my phone behind her head. She'll stop her story and look at the phone and stop smiling. I've noticed that this phone does not make her happy.
My daughter wants me present. She wants me there attentive to her stories. I'm learning to put my phone away when I'm with her...except when I'm taking pictures. That said, being present is very important. Every day with her brings something new. I don't want to miss it because I was on my phone.
My daughter loves to move around. She has a lot of energy. If she could, she would run around everywhere. She is very happy when she is active. She smiles, she giggles, she is alive.
Moving, exercising, doing something out doors is a great way to bring back life into your body. It's a great way to pump blood into your system and make those endorphins come alive! Moving makes you happy :)
Eating for adults and babies is a different. However, I'm learning somethings from her that I think apply to us all. Whenever, my daughter is hungry she eats. When she is full, she stops. She does not eat more than she can handle and she eats what her body needs.
In this same way, we should listen to our bodies and only eat what we can. Over eating does nothing good for our body. Listen to your body and when you are full stop.
Now it's your turn. In the comments below share what lessons have they taught you?
I can't wait to hear from you!