My Favorite Part of Being a New Mom: Laughing When I Should Be Crying

Somedays I don’t feel much like a “new mom”. I mean, I’ve been in this race for 4 years now, and I’m on round 2 of toddlerhood. But other days? I feel as green as a fresh spring blade of grass, navigating my way through the mound of crap dirt piled on top of me, wondering if I’ll ever get a chance to breathe.

And there are times I think I’ll feel “new” at this forever. Do parents ever actually figure this out, or do they just keep faking it until it at least looks like they’re making it?

So yeah, I guess I’m a new mom. Just reading that term probably conjures up feelings for a lot of you if you are, too. Being a new mom can be terrifying and confusing. AND EXHAUSTING. It can also be exciting and hilarious and unexpected. I think that’s what I love most about the new mom thing: all those unexpected parts, the ones nobody’s written about in any of the parenting books you’ve read. The ones that you can’t prepare yourself for, and that leave you laughing so hard you cry.

Like when your 3 year old shouts, “Look at that butt slime!” from the inside of a public bathroom stall as he points to an unidentified substance on the wall. Or when your 15 month old throws the most EPIC tantrum in the middle of grocery store because you won’t let her French kiss the lobster tank, and it’s so over the top that it’s comical.

Wait… did I just say tantrums and potty humor are my favorite part of motherhood?? 

You have to laugh or you’ll cry and drink yourself silly, folks. Run with it.

I do hate when annoyances like teething get in the way, though. It’s hard to laugh at your baby when she’s actually tantruming because she’s in pain.

We just returned home from a visit with family, which happened to line up with Leyna cutting 4 molars at once. Aren’t you so jealous YOU didn’t get to be in our car for 13 hours? It was as pleasant as it sounds.

Luckily, I agreed to this review of Baby Orajel Naturals Tablets before we left and had a bottle with me.

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We were able to get her to calm down a bit after we gave her a few tablets (and shooshed and soothed and snuggled her… and then took her for a car ride), and we finally got her to sleep after a day of toddler terror.

Poor babe. I hate giving her medicine, but I know that, for me, sometimes it’s the only thing that helps, and I’m happy I have a natural option to help soothe her pain.

Now, I wouldn’t say teething is my favorite part of being a new mom by a long shot, but the sweet snuggles after she feels better aren’t bad.

What about you? What was/is your favorite part of being a new mom?

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  1. HA – last night, my favorite thing was Orajel. We are going through a massive bout of teething.

    But, really, my favorite part of motherhood is that smile that is just for me. That big grin that I get when I get home at night or pick her up from day care. That beam I get after I have successfully figured out what is causing the massive screeching! Even at 3am.

  2. Angela Harrell on

    Ahh! Thanks for posting this. My daughter is 8 months old and for the past couple of nights when I try to rock her to sleep I feel like I’m wrestling a baby alligator! I will definitely try these teething tablets. So nice to see that they are made of natural ingredients!

  3. My favorite part is the talking! My almost 2 year old is a chatter box and I absolutely love it! My recent most favorite words that came out of his mouth was….”I don’t like it, I put it back” Of course I love when he tells me he loves me too 🙂 Such a fun age!

  4. My favorite part of being a new mom was the way Madison fit perfectly up against my chest and snuggled into my neck. It was like she was meant to go there and I would sit there for hours kissing her temples. It made all of the stress of being a new mom disappear for a few short minutes.

  5. my favorite part is seeing Olivia smile – she’s 3.5 months and just started smiling all. the. time. and it melts my heart every single time 🙂

  6. Before I answer the real question I just want to address the whole new mom thing. I’ve been at it slightly longer than you, 13 years here. And I’m still a new mom, lol. Seriously each new stage is a whole new adventure. And while I have been through the baby thing 4 times now and I’m on my 4th go around with the toddler stage each child is just so different it’s all just new! And you have to figure out what works best for each child.

    So this brings me to what I like best about being a parent. Parenting gives you a chance to try new things. To step out of your comfort zone and do something you never thought you would before because you get to see the light in your child’s eye when you do that for him/her. And each stage brings its own new bit of excitement. You never know what you’re gonna learn.

  7. My favorite part about being a new mom to four-month-old Madison is watching her develop. See her smile for the first time, watching her discover her fingers, seeing her grab for toys….It is all so amazing. She blows me away every day.

  8. I think the best part of being a new mom is getting the opportunity to laugh every day. My 10 month old just learned how to clap, and has recently started crawling. It seems like every time she goes from a sitting position to all fours, as soon as she bends over, she farts. My husband laughs every time, and she’ll immediately go back to a sitting position to clap for herself!

  9. The best part are the cuddles. As she gets older, she’s interacts more and deliberately cuddles with me. I love it.

  10. I’m not a “new” mom either. I have a just-turned-4-year-old & a turning-2-this Saturday-year old. I’m going to say my fave experience of having 2 boys & that’s their sweet interactions. Of course they’re not all sweet, but I love when they share, when little wants to be like big & when they see each other after being apart for an evening (one may spend the night w/ grandparents).

  11. My daughter is now 14 months old, and I would have to say my favorite part is getting to see more and more of her personality develop. Her new thing is that she loves rocking and kissing her baby doll <3

  12. Actually, I love the lessons my little ones teach me. I have learned more about trust and patience since becoming a mom than any other time in my life!

  13. My son had a speech delay and one of my favorite moments was when he finally was able to say Mommy. It warmed my heart.

  14. Laurie Litwin on

    The first day home was the most special day of my life. Bringing my first born son home and just staring at him while he slept is a memory I will never forget.

  15. My favorite part was finding tiny, perfect footprints on my post-partum belly after a round of kangaroo care.

  16. My current favorite part is when I pick up my 3yo after work and hear “My mommy’s here!” and am then tackled with a giant hug.

  17. Naptime! Especially on those days when you’ve been busy, the kids got to play outside, you might have even done an errand or something on the to do list and then everyone naps. It’s heaven!

  18. Definitely the snuggles. And now that she’s older and oh so chatty, the “I love you too”s. (she says “too” even if she’s the one to say it first)

  19. Its so hard to choose a favorite aspect but one of mine has to be watching them turn into their own little person with their own likes and dislikes and opinions.

  20. I will probably never get over the first time my older son (4) cracked up my baby in the backseat. Hearing their simultaneous laughter is something that will always make me feel blessed. New mom or not!

  21. Katie Baer on

    My favorite thing about being a new mom is the new baby smell. Holding your brand new babe close and sniffing their baby goodness is quite simply the best thing ever.

  22. There have been many times when I couldn’t WAIT for baby to fall asleep just so I could get a break. And about ten minutes after she went down for her nap I was aching to play with her again! Makes me laugh every time 🙂

  23. My favorite part is seeing joy and wonder in the simplest things again. Watching my son explore his world and learn about everything around him makes me stop to appreciate what we have, and seeing how much fun he has with the simplest games (really? What is so fun about putting your blanket over your head and rolling around on the floor?) makes me laugh 🙂

  24. Morning snuggles are the best! They usually happen before any chaos sets in and we are able to have a few quiet moments together before the perpetual motion of the day begins.

  25. courtney b on

    first of all thank you for the giveaway!:) i have a 5 month old and I love when my baby laughs, it melts my heart- that is just one of the many things I love

  26. My favorite part of being a new mommy is getting home from a long day of classes and having my son greet me saying “I missed you mommy, I love you!” and smothering him in kisses =) he’s 3 (wow time flies!!)

  27. Elizabeth Peters on

    The smiles are adorable, the giggles are delightful, the cuddles are super sweet, but the sloppy baby kisses just melt your heart. Those are my favorite so far.

  28. Kendal Barriere on

    I love being my 10 month old’s favorite person. He just learned to crawl, and it always has me in his sights as his end goal of getting across the floor (even though it takes him 4 hours army crawl over to me). Love him.

  29. my favorite part of being a new mom is the first few days home, when you are just getting to know the new little one, that is the only thing that matters, and everyone knows it. you have nothing else to do but make that baby a part of your family. (and i have to stop now before i find myself knocked up again)

  30. SallyNichole on

    My favorite part of parenthood is watching her learn and figure out her world. The smile that she gets when she figures something out for the first time is priceless.

  31. My favorite part of being a new mom is knowing that, even though I sometimes feel like a total newb who has no idea what she’s doing, my daughters still love and trust me to the max. Hearing my 2 year old say, “I love mommy sooooo much” makes me feel like I’m doing a great job.

  32. My favorite part of being a new mom is that look in my baby’s eyes when she has been having a hard time (got hurt, throwing a fit, etc) and we sit down to nurse and her whole world is right again.

  33. Oh being a new mommy, the ups and the downs, the highs and the lows. My absolute favorite moment was the first time I got to see my baby boy. For so long he was growing inside my stomach, then, he was in my arms… a real baby… someone who will grow up to be a little boy and a grown man.

    I loved the moment I saw him because I fell in love for the first time. Once you have a child, you know what true love is. It’s being a mom.

  34. My favorite part is that it’s constantly changing – sometimes for the worse, but usually for the better. Just when I think I have my kids figured out, they go and flip the script on me and I get to learn a whole new side of them.

  35. My favorite part of being a new Mom is looking at my boys when they smile. At that moment I think about how amazing it is that I had the privilege of knowing them from the very beginning, better than anyone else in this world.

  36. My favorite part of being a new mom is seeing that sleepy little smile on my baby boy’s face as he drifts off to sleep. It’s like he knows how full my heart is and gives me that last little “I love you, too, Mom” before he goes to sleep.

  37. Cassandra B on

    my favorite part of being a new mom is learning something new every day… EVERY day is an adventure LOL!

  38. I think my favorite part of being a new mom changes periodically, but currently it’s the way Noah runs across the room with his arms in the air and a big grin on his face when I pick him up from day care. It’s stinkin’ adorable and melts my heart every time.

  39. Homeopathic? They’re also active-ingredient-free. I’m glad you got them as a sample and didn’t actually pay for sugar and milk powder pills.

  40. My favorite part about being a new mom is, apart from the snuggles, seeing the absolute joy and adoration on my hubby’s face when he is with our girls!

  41. My favorite part of being a new mom is just going through each phase of my child’s life. I’ve loved every stage. I currently have an almost-3-year old and a 7-month old, and I’m enjoying reliving all of my favorite stages again.

  42. My favorite part about being a new mom at the moment is right before I put my daughter to bed we get a few minutes to snuggle and she is half asleep and hugs me tight and gives me a kiss and says mama. Makes my heart happy everytime! She is so sweet!

  43. My favorite part of being a new mom is videotaping my babies, and then going back to watch the videos when they are older. They never seem to be “little” at the time, but once they’re older I realize how small they really were.

  44. I love the moment right after he falls asleep, with him mouth open all snuggled up on my shoulder. It makes me stop and think how precious each moment with my son is.

  45. Sheri Prush on

    My favorite part of being a new Mommy was seeing Stefany be born healthy and happy. She is the youngest almost 4 months. Our 2nd daughter was born w/ health problems (and is now doing better). She is 20 months and teething terribly! Our oldest daughter is 5 and smart as can be! I love being a Mom, and after the hard 1st year we had with Kylie, my favorite part of being a Mom is definitely seeing my girls happy and HEALTHY!

  46. Elizabeth Goggins on

    My favorite moment is the very first night in the hospital after I’ve given birth. This night is the very reason why I have 4 kids, I wanted to experience this night again and again! It is so peaceful, laying in the darkened hospital room with something on tv turned low in the background, lying on your side with the bed halfway up and your brand new tiny baby curled up against your side. Those super soft tiny white snap shirts that they put on both the baby’s top half and bottom half…baby not yet really hungry so mostly just sleeping…just staring at the baby’s face in awe that this little being was inside your body just yesterday. I looked forward to this first night with every one of my pregnancies.

  47. My favorite part of being a new mom is watching my daughter learn before my very eyes. A few days ago I touched her nose and told her that was Veda’s nose. I pointed to my nose and said it was Mommy’s nose. Two rounds of that during diaper changes, and she’s a nose pro now, pointing out everyone’s noses. 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  48. I don’t think I can pick a favorite! I love so many moments! I just love watching him learn things right in front of my eyes!

  49. Reading stories before bedtime to a rapt audience. Love that special snuggle and unwinding time together.

  50. My favorite part of being a new mom is when my daughter runs up to me to give me a huge hug and kisses!

  51. While it can be exhausting to be “the one” person my newborn wanted, it also made me feel like a “real mom”. Now my kids are 4 yrs and 18 months. I still love being “the one” they want. It makes my heart swell to feel that close bond.

  52. I love the way my 6 month old lights up when my 2 year old talks to her. Watching my girls interact, play, and learn from one another has been such a blessing to me!

  53. My favorite part of being a new mom is the overwhelming love I feel for my son every time I look at him. Even when he is driving me crazy I still know that I love him more than anything on this earth.

  54. Best part of being a new mom is listening to bare feet running around on hardwood floors followed by giggles of pure enjoyment in just walking around.

  55. The thing I love the most is seeing my sweet babies run to me with their little arms wide open, even if I was only gone for a few minutes and the sweet giggles and I love yous!!!

  56. My favorite part of being a new mom is the unconditional love that my kids give me. We could have a crappy day and I feel like all I have done is bitch and moan, but the end of the day I still get a snuggle and I love you.

  57. My favorite part of being a new mom is when my baby wants to hug or snuggle – makes me feel so good!

  58. My favorite part is at the end of a crazy day, my 3yo son wants my 3month old son to lay next to him in bed while we read them both bedtime books. The love is amazing between them already <3.

  59. My favorite moment was the first time I saw the smile on DD’s little face.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com


    Taking care of someone that loves me unconditionally is my favorite thing about being a mom.

  61. Since ill be a new mom in 11 days or less, I figured I qualified! So far its been feeling the babies & getting to know their inside babies personality and the support & encouragement from mom friends.

  62. The best part of being a new Mom? cuddling your baby and just losing yourself in that new baby scent!

    great giveaway & love getting a glimpse of Leyna again

  63. I suppose everything isn’t the answer you’re looking for? I think I’d have to say the way she feels in my arms. She just fits to me like she was made for me to hold.

  64. My favorite moment happens now that my babe is a toddler. He’ll play near me on his own, but every few minutes he comes over to me and lays his head on my shoulder or in my lap…it’s as though he’s checking in with me to let me know he loves me. Those are the moments that I cherish most as a new mom…and while there have been SO many hard moments being a first timer, those little cuddles make it all worth it.

  65. My favorite part of being a new mom is all of the new adventures I get to be a part of every day. My son is 17 months old today, and being a mom is everything I’d hoped it would be…and so much more. Tonight he (gently) grabbed my face with both of his hands and leaned in to give me a kiss. I almost passed out from the cuteness.

  66. My favorite part about being a mom is when my daughter tells me “I love you” and all of the hugs and kisses she gives me

  67. My favorite part of being a new mom is, even after being up every two hours all night long, when I am completely exhausted I look at him and he smiles and laughes just because I’m looking at him and it instantly takes all the frustration away. Amazing what special feeling such a little man can make you feel with just a smile!! <3

  68. His sweet milky, sleepy face after nursing, and as he got older, his little hand reaching up to my face while nursing *swoon* 🙂

  69. My favorite part of being a mom is seeing him learn cause and effect. Like him realizing the dogs play with the toy and if he wants to play with the dogs to get the toy and bring it to then. So adorable watching my 10 month old initiate playing with the dogs. Love him to pieces!

  70. My favorite part of being a new mom? Definitely the newborn snuggles and new baby smell. And the oh so soft baby skin. And while those precious newborns eventually grow up into toddlers, preschoolers and beyond, at the end of the day, they are still your little baby. Just not always as precious. Or sweet smelling.

  71. I favorite part of being a new mom is the cuddling. I have a 6 wk old, 2 yr old and 4 yr old and I can’t get enough cuddles (when they are happy and want to snuggle) I will be sad when they won’t want to anymore.

  72. I’m a new mom the second time around and I loved hearing my daughter laugh for the first time. Baby laughter is the fountain of youth!

  73. My favorite part about being a mom is having a piece of me and my husband walking around on chunkie thighs and feet!

  74. My favorite part about being a new mom is just watching my son grow and develop into the little person he was meant to be. While I was pregnant I imagined what he would be like, but he is so much funnier and sweeter and smarter than I’d ever dreamed. He’s my favorite person to hang out with.

  75. Not caring that I got absolutely nothing on my “to do” list done, because I was too busy listening to coos, snuggling, and watching my son sleep.

  76. My fav is the food tree set up by fam/friends so I didn’t have to worry about what to eat/make for dinner and could just enjoy the moments…

  77. As we enter into tantrumhood… I mean toddlerhood.. With my first, I cannot WAIT for a summer full of newborn snuggles with my second! Watching the 20mo old play while snuggling the new one will undoubtedly be a fun new adventure.

  78. Stephanie S. on

    One of my favorite things about being a mom to my 10month old is watching him mimic everything we do! From clicking his tongue to shaking his bootie, he copies everything! I suppose when he’s running around saying “what the f@#k?”, it won’t be quite as adorable.

  79. My favorite part of motherhood is the unconditional love. My kids (4 and 1) both give the best hugs and kisses, and I know when they look at me that I am the world to them. It’s incredible.

  80. Waking up to him every morning and being able to say “I love this guy so so so so much” to anyone, at anytime and not feel corny.

  81. My favorite part of being a mom is seeing my kids experience things for the first time like riding horses and seeing fireworks. It’s such a reminder of how amazing childhood is 🙂

  82. My favorite thing as a new mom was watching my baby learn so many new things and being curious about the world!
    Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  83. The best part of my first in ’09 was getting to watch 2 hours of west wing every day while he nursed and I rested with nothing else (important) to do

  84. I didn’t get to see my daughter when I gave birth, but seeing her the next day in when I was in ICU was so worth the wait
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  85. Gina M Maddox on

    My favorite new mom moment is the first time I made my baby laugh. There is nothing like hearing a baby giggle! Thanks for the chance to win!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  86. Gina M Maddox on


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  87. It has been a little bit since I was a new mom, but my favorite moments were the closeness I felt with my babies when they were nursing.

  88. My favorite part about being a new mom:

    After a long, hard, frustrating day at work, I go pick up my 13-month-old son from the sitter’s. He stops whatever he is doing, rushes over, and gives me a HUGE bear hug and kisses. I don’t have to tell you that all the cares of the world just melt away. He makes it all worth it! <3

    My son is cutting 6 teeth right now. 4 of them are molars. Those things are brutal! I totally feel your pain! I haven't tried the Orajel tablets, but I may have to! 🙂

  89. Janice Cooper on

    My favorite moment happened recently when my 1 yr old niece said “Hi” to me for the first time. It just melted my heart.

  90. Michelle H. on

    My favorite part was right after bath time…my children always smelled so good and fresh; I loved to snuggle them in the towel.

  91. I am child-free by choice but have lots of kitties as furry babies! I love watching them when they get a new toy or rediscover an old toy forgotten. They get SO crazy and run and play like kittens, even though all my babies are 7 to 18 years old!

  92. My son came to us first as a foster child. I’ve had many wonderful moments, but probably one of the most memorable was when he started calling me “Mom”.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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