Things I know

In a matter of nine weeks with little big man Wilder I have learned much. Some scary. Some beautiful. Some gross. Here are a few …
1- I now understand why sleep deprivation is an effective torture method. By week three I would have sold my own mother, given up nuclear launch codes and committed high treason for five straight hours of sleep.
2- I can rock Day Three hair (and beyond). Before yesterday’s shower I was 36 hours away from dreadlocks. And I didn’t care.
3- I can put on all my makeup with one hand, hold my pee for 54245 minutes longer than I ever thought possible and it is possible to forget to eat or eat again because you forgot you already had.
4- Poo trajectory has no mercy at five in the morning.
5- A tear from your baby can make your heart break and feel like a failure and a smile can make you feel like an absolute and total success. Half of the time I think I’m not to be attributed to causing either.
6- Patting a baby’s bottom is like hypnotizing them.
7- Nothing is sexier than a man who can properly swaddle a baby and successfully get them to sleep. Nothing.
8- My mom loves me. A lot. Still can’t believe she did all this for me (without drugs and then brought me home to a world of cloth diapers and no boppys, no lambie swings, no iPhones to blog on while nursing, no video monitors.)
9- LOVE. I know a new kind of love that bathes the whole world in a different light.

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About Amanda Jean Elliott

I am a joyful believer in Jesus Christ, a mother, a sister, a writer, a maker of gluten free roux and a style editor. I love my son Wilder and the wild life that comes with a 4-year-old who has the energy of a pack of wolves. I also love naps (a lot). I love to cook and create my favorite dishes without gluten not because I'm trendy and anti-gluten so much as it makes me feel like I've been run over by a pack of wolves. I teach 5th and 6th grade girls Sunday School and have a classroom of the greatest girls I could imagine. Girls who often teach me more than I teach them. I believe these girls and many others are the spark to start a fire for The Lord the likes of which this world has never seen. I see more and more girls learning about more than just who God is ... but, learning about who God says THEY are. It is my prayer for every woman to know without doubt that we have a good good Father in heaven and whatever is not right on this earth, He will make right in this life or the next.
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