The moment you find out you are going to have a baby you begin to have visions of all the wonderful ways you are going to parent so that your baby will be the best baby that has ever walked the face of the earth. For a solid 9 months, you fantasize about how perfect everything is going to be and how your baby isn’t going to cry and is going to sleep through the night from the moment you bring him/her home. You manage to create quite the utopia of baby-dom.
And then, they are born.
30 Things No One Tells You About Being a Mom:
1. You may not like pregnancy. And that’s okay. Not everyone feels great, so if you don’t like it, don’t feel guilty about it.
2. Breastfeeding is hard. It doesn’t just happen. You and the baby have to work at it. This is okay too.
3. You don’t have to breastfeed. Really, you don’t. You do need to do what is best for you and your baby and own it!
4. Folding baby clothes is the worst. They are tiny and take 3 times as long to fold. Plus, they are just so cute you won’t be able to stop staring at them.
5. You will be woken up at 2 a.m. by a child asking for a glass of water. When you get back to their room with the water, they will be asleep.
6. There is a huge difference in the raising of baby #1 and baby #3. HUGE.
7. You will do and say things you swore you would never do and say.
8. All those “rules” you made will be thrown out the window in an effort to get a good night’s sleep.
9. You just thought going to the grocery store was bad. Now that you have kids, it really is bad!
10. You may get back down to your pre-pregnancy weight, but things will not be in the same place.
11. You may not get back down to your pre-pregnancy weight.
12. You won’t care that you aren’t back to your pre-pregnancy weight. You have something a little more important to worry about.
13. You’ll quit spending money on yourself and spend it all on the kids.
14. When you go on your first trip without the baby, all you will think about is the baby.
15, Leaving your home for a few hours with an infant is the same as packing for a week out of town.
16. Your adult life will take place between the time you finally get the kids to bed and the time you crash. This means you have approximately 30 minutes.
17. You will become fluent in “toddler” and translate for them.
18. You will freak out when you begin to see your own flaws in them.
19. You will resort to hiding candy and eating it in your closet.
20. Bathroom breaks, trips to the doctor and trips to the grocery store will become “me” time.
21. It may be a few years before you sit down to enjoy a hot meal.
22. You will get advice. A lot of it. My personal favorite was the advice from friends who don’t have kids.
23. You will always be tired. Always.
24. Infants are hard, but teens are harder. You will actually sleep less.
25. You will find yourself enjoying kid movies. Mainly because that is all you will watch.
26. You will suddenly have sympathy for the mom with the child having a full-on meltdown in the grocery store.
27. …because it was you last week.
29. At times, the guilt will be almost unbearable.
30. But you wouldn’t change one second of being a mom!
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