Lessons in Motherhood: Ten random things I have learnt as a mother [Linky]

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I have learnt a lot as a mother – practical things like how to change a nappy, feed a baby, fold and unfold the most complex buggies, how to cope with tantrums, the list goes on and on but I am constantly learning (that is why I am Learner Mama).

I have decided to share ten random things (many of which surprised me and certainly weren’t to be found in any baby book that I read) I have learnt as a mother (to date).

Lessons in Motherhood


  1. Baby boys have erections – who knew! This was a surprise to me – I thought they were something that developed when they were older. No one prepared me for the day I opened the nappy and discovered that one!
  2. I have learnt to be comfortable having another persons bodily functions landing on me (but let’s just say I’m going to try to restrict it to my three kids and only for a temporary period!)
  3. Sleep deprivation is painful – I now understand why it is used as a form of torture.
  4. I can sleep on a 2 inch width of bed space (ok, maybe a slight exaggeration but 6 inches tops!) usually with a child (practically) on my head.
  5. Soothers are magic – there is no other explanation.
  6. If you need to get up early your kids will sleep in and if you want a sleep in your kids will bounce into you at 5am – go figure.
  7. Putting new clothes on a child is code for “Please spill juice/sauce or other stain inducing food type on this top”
  8. They grow fast. They are tiny for such a short time enjoy it (as much as the sleep deprivation allows) because before you know it you are packing them off to school.
  9. There is a direct correlation between the number of kids and the cleanliness of my house…let’s just say they are messy little beings!
  10. I never thought I could love another human so strongly (sorry husband) but I have managed to do it times three. It surprises me each day how much I love these three tiny humans and how that love grows every minute of every day.

These are just ten of the random things that I have learnt since becoming a mother. I am sure there are many many many more. I am also sure there will be more to come. No doubt every mother in the world is the same. There are plenty of things that other mums have learnt too. I would love if you would share them via my simple linky. It is really simple:

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  1. Naomi Lavelle

    May 9, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Great post and I am sure I can come up with at least ten things I have learned from my kids so I would love to join your linky 🙂
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  3. Aedín

    May 9, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Yes to so many of these!Great list and linky. will definitely be linking up.
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  4. office mum

    May 10, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Love your list – number 1 is so true and needs to be SHARED because peopled don’t know and it freaks us out!!!
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      May 10, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Oh yes it freaked me out alright 🙂 thanks for linking up Office Mum!

  5. Ciara @ Our Little House in the Country

    May 10, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Yes, totally agree with every one! Great post! I’ll get working on my list and will link up- great idea for a linky! Have a lovely weekend!
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      May 10, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Thanks Ciara! Look forward to seeing your list when it’s ready! Have a great weekend too!

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  7. Mumofteens

    May 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I love how we all have completely different takes on the things we have learnt along the way yet still smile and agree with everything that others have written also. Just goes to show there is a heck of a lot to learn with this parenting lark! Thanks for an interesting and uplifting linky
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      May 11, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Thanks so much for taking part Mum of teens! Great list! Lovely to see it from another perspective again! There is such variety of learning. We also have that extra inhabitant ‘it wasn’t me’ 🙂 and I’m broke! Lol

  8. Louise Byrne

    May 11, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Love this idea!!! i will definitely be linking up!! I’m so glad number 4 isn’t something I had to deal with! My little lad refuses to share a bed! but it was a pain on night he wouldn’t sleep because I couldn’t just put him in the bed till he fell asleep I had to sit up with him 🙁

    I’m off to read the rest of the links!!!
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  9. Sheila

    May 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Great idea! Number one was definitely a surprise to myself and my husband.
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      May 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Sheila and thanks so much for taking part. Love having the new mum perspective.

  10. Una Halpin

    May 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Love your list especially no 1. I can’t remember when I discovered it myself but I remember the day my husband discovered it. Still laughing over that one. Definitely with you on no. 4 too.

    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      May 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Una! Glad you enjoyed it! No 1 seems to be a common surprise!!

  11. Sadhbh@WhereWishesComeFrom

    May 11, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Number 1. OMG! I had no idea! Obviously no baby boys in this house! Thanks so much for hosting a great linky. So many interesting takes on things. I’m learning so much!
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      May 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks so much for taking part! Great to have the twin parenting perspective!

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  13. Aedín

    May 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Gorgeous post and fab linky idea.Thanks for hosting
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      May 12, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks Aedín and thanks for including your gorgeous post in the linky!

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  15. This Is Motherhood

    May 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Learning from other moms is so great! I can’t wait to add my link to your post. 😉
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  16. April Bracken

    May 17, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Great post and idea, Lucy! I had to laugh at the first one. No one really gives you a heads up of what’s in the nappy, do they?!

    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      May 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks April! I definitely didn’t get a heads up on the nappy 😉

  17. Louise Byrne

    May 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Just added my link!!!!! Hope you guys like mine as much as I liked everyone’s!!! Xxxx
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      May 17, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks so much Louise! A fantastic angle for the linky! Thanks so much for sharing your insights and your fabulous family photos! Gorgeous!

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  26. Fran

    January 29, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Brilliant Post. Really made me giggle as I can relate so well

    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      January 29, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      It’s all a learning curve for sure! It’s laugh or cry stuff at times but you’ve got a just enjoy it! Thanks for your kind comment!

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