10 Mistakes New Parents Make

You always hear that being a parent is the hardest job in the world.  You won’t fully understand this simple statement until you become one.  Parenthood is no joke.  It is by far the most difficult yet most rewarding job EVER.  My husband and I are celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary this month and as I sit back and reflect on the last few years, it’s been quite a ride.  We’ve made so many mistakes as new parents…


Stop worrying so much.  I know it’s easier said than done right?  It’s completely natural as new parents to worry.  How can you not worry?  Parenting is scary AF!  I know it’s impossible to NOT worry when you have this precious little human you’re trying to feed, nurture and keep alive.  There’s a difference between worrying and obsessing.  People who obsess will be miserable and make everyone around them miserable.  It’s not fun to be around this type of behavior nor is it healthy for your marriage or baby.  This was a really tough one for us because of Milan’s surgery and infection.  After this, our worry levels were through the roof.  It not only took a toll on our marriage but it became extremely unhealthy and toxic.


This was one of our biggest mistakes and one we are still working on.  You must make your marriage a priority.  If you don’t, your marriage will suffer.  There is no doubt.  Making the transition from being a couple to parenting is the most difficult journey for many marriages.  It certainly was very challenging for us.  To be honest, we still don’t know how to do this because you become so wrapped up in making sure your child is happy that you forget about everything else.  Your world revolves around your baby.  It’s hard to focus on each other and the longer you wait, the harder it is to get back on track.  If possible, take one night a week and designate it as date night.


I’m laughing as I write this because OMG…we lived in complete silence for the first year.  No joke, we were so deathly afraid to make any type of noise in fear of waking Milan up.  Looking back and after talking to other parents, making noise when they are babies is crucial!  Newborns are used to a lot of noise inside the womb so it’s ok to make a lot of noise and talk.  We thought we had to have the house completely quiet but the more noise you make, they will get used to it and it will be better later on.


Ask for help and be willing and open to have others help you.  If my mom lived close, she would have done everything for me the first month Milan was born.  She did that for all my other sisters and it really helped them heal and get the hang of being a new mom.  Unfortunately she lives in Minnesota so we basically did everything ourselves.  If you have family near, let them help you.  If you don’t have anyone that can help, don’t try to be super mom or super dad.  It’s okay if things don’t get done.  I’ve realized and accepted the fact that not everything will get done in one day.  It’s impossible without some type of help.


You both are tired.  Sleep deprived.  You’re mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted.  You start to resent each other for the stupidest reasons.  Kids change everything.  You change.  Your partner changes.  Life will never be the same.  You and your spouse need to work together as a team.  As simple as that sounds, sometimes it doesn’t always work out that way.  It’s so easy to start working against each other when both of you are sleep deprived and stressed out.


Stay off the internet.  The end.  My husband was constantly researching and going down the rabbit hole about every single thing.  This was so frustrating and very stressful.  Have you noticed anytime you google something, nothing good comes out of it?  Especially when researching about baby stuff – it’s so scary!  Everything is bad, don’t do this, don’t do that…it’s NEVER ENDING.  Of course it’s ok to research things that you need to find out but do not allow yourself to go down that rabbit hole.  Once you go down it, it’s hard to get out.


If you can afford one, hire a housecleaner.  I had one in my last house but haven’t had one since having Milan and my house is a disaster.  Major kudos to any parents that have a clean house because that is definitely not the case for us.  Our house before kids used to be spotless but priorities shift and I just simply don’t have the time or energy anymore.  Once we move into the new house, you better believe I will be hiring someone.


If one person does everything or mostly everything, it will lead to resentment.  Each family is different so this will depend on who is at home caring for your baby.  In our case, we are both home.  We both have type A personalties so can you imagine two type A’s at home caring for a newborn?  It’s no joke and not something I would recommend.  I think it’s important that each person have clear roles as a new parent.  I also believe that changing diapers should be a shared responsibility.  Just because one person is “better” at it does not mean they should do it every single time.


I don’t think I really got our routine down until Milan turned one.  The first year, I was a hot mess and didn’t even comb my hair except for when I had a photoshoot.  Brushing my teeth and showering was a luxury.  I didn’t even get a manicure or pedicure for 3.5 years!  OMG.  Now I treat myself once a month and if I can, I put on a little makeup and a cute outfit just to feel normal.  After Milan goes to bed, I work and then after that, I will watch my favorite shows or a movie.  Making time for yourself is necessary and you should not feel guilty about it.  It will make you a better person and parent.


It’s so easy to stop living life after you have a baby.  Your world is flipped upside down and you almost don’t know what to do with yourself.  I envy all the parents that have kids and travel, go out to eat and live life normally because it REALLY was difficult for us (still is).  We are now just starting to get in the swing of things but going out to eat is still a challenge (LOL).  I sometimes wonder what is wrong with us?  But you know what?  You just have to live life and go on with your day as best as you can.  We are still working on this…

So what have I learned so far as a new mommy?  I have MAD respect for all moms and dads and even more respect for the parents that work from home and have kids.  Life doesn’t have to be over once you have kids, it’s just the beginning.  I’ve also learned that making your marriage a priority is a choice.  Kids change the dynamic of your relationship and it’s up to you to keep it strong and healthy.  This journey has been exhausting, overwhelming, heartbreaking, incredible and the best thing that has ever happened to me. 🙂 XO

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  1. Omigosh Milan is the spitting image of Mr. Not-So-Petite! I agree 100%. I wish I knew these things BEFORE having my son (he is 7 now). I would have saved myself sooooo much stress and being way too hard on myself. Thank you for posting, it’s so nice to see that as moms/parents we’re not alone in our struggles. 🙂

    • Hi Jenny! LOL yup she is a spitting image of her daddy. Same same, wish I would have been told some of these things before too! We are still working on a lot of these mistakes but taking it day by day. Thanks so much for reading! XO

  2. Yes X10!!! My husband and I are both type A driven professionals, and transitioning from that to having children has been no joke. In many ways I credit our “oops” second child for saving our relationship. We stopped working against each other and finally became a team. We now have 3 and married 16 years but there were so many times during the first couple years where I doubted our future. It’s hard work but so worth the effort.

    • Hi Rachel! OMG thank you for sharing this! I love it and got chills when you said you now have 3! LOL to the oops 2nd child! Love it! I appreciate your honesty and for leaving this comment. Congrats on 16 years and to many more! XO

  3. Yes yes and omg yes….. i experienced all 10 mistakes. My daughter is 2 and wish i read this before i had her. Wonderful article Annie and happy 10th anniversary 🙂

  4. Happy 10th Anniversary! I could relate to all of these mistakes. I love how you pointed out how important it is to be on the same team as your spouse and prioritizing date nights because our kids grow up, move out and it is just the two of us again. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love this post! It’s all such true and very wonderful advice.
    -a momma to a 9m old

  6. Wow! I just read what your daughter went through at 6weeks 😥 and what you and your husband went through emotionally and mentally! I am just waaay too happy that your bundle of joy is such a joy and delight to see at her age now…so pretty and happy!💕 Your article/blog says a lot about how good of a person and a mum you are!🙌🏼 Yay you!👏🏼

    • Aw thanks Lei! Yeah it was a very dark time in our lives and I’m so glad she is healthy and happy. Thank the Lord! Thank you for all the kind words – means a lot! XOXO

  7. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t make these mistakes as new parents! Lol. Thanks for being honest and sharing. 🙂

  8. Great advice! I wish I had thought some of these things through before I had kids. Definitely life changing.

  9. Thank you for sharing this blog. I clicked on the other links that talked about Milan’s surgery and about your miscarriage. I’m sorry you had to go through that and that she had to endure surgery at such a young age. We just found out at our 21 week scan that our baby has a rare condition called CCAM and eventually will need surgery to remove a small mass in her lung. I feel your pain and I imagine we will be just as scared as you and your hubby were at one point. Any advice for parents who are going through a surgery for their child? I’m learning so much every day. Anything from an experienced parent would help. Thanks for sharing such personal moments from your life.

    • Hi Zoila,
      Thanks so much for reading and sharing your story. OMG my heart aches after reading about your baby. I’m so sorry. When will this surgery be? My advice is to stay calm and lots of prayers. Be around loved ones and stay strong. So easy to say and so hard to do – trust me. I was a hot mess and just thinking back makes me sick to my stomach. Stick together and support each other. Do some research and get possibly a 2nd or 3rd opinion before the surgery. Doctors can be too quick to operate and I always like to get 2 or 3 expert opinions. I hope this helps? Gosh please email me anytime if you need to chat. Sending lots of hugs and prayers. XOXO

  10. Annie, I love this post so much because I made pretty much every mistake on your list, and my daughter has a serious illness her first year of life as well, which as you well know adds a whole other layer of difficulty. As a dyed-in-the-wool type A personality myself, I constantly felt like a failure and rather than seeking friends and family’s help, I unfortunately rebuffed their offers and shut them out for fear they would witness me “failing.” Of course that was all in my head…but I was so stressed out I couldn’t hear that at the time. So I am going to tell you, from one type A mommy to another, that you are a WONDERFUL mom who is doing a great job, and I’m also sending you a huge HUG over the internet as well. 🙂 Thanks for being real and for starting this conversation, because it’s an important one that needs to be had. Hopefully some future moms out there will read your beautiful post and spare themselves some of the self doubt and self judgment we went through. 🙂

    • Hi Susan! Awwww omg your comment literally made me tear up and I’m so sorry it’s taken me a bit to respond. Thank you SO MUCH for all the love and kind words. I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter and hope she is healthy now. I’m sending you a HUGE HUG back and can’t tell you how much this means to me. XOXO

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