Getting married and having my own children had always been a dream of mine. Little did I know what this entailed. With every great day there might be a bad one to follow. This is also infamously known as life. And with life comes a huge list of things I wish I would have known.
When Tyler and I got married we talked about waiting 5 years to have kids. But life has its weird humor, not even 4 months after tying the know I was pregnant with A., whom we called our Little Bean. The day this little boy was born my life has changed for the good. And good even better when Mister J. joined the clan. Every minute was a new adventure. And there were so many things people forgot to tell me about having a kid!
I wish I would have known
Yes, parenting can be hard at times but the rewards it brings overshadow the bad times. Still there were things I wish I would have known that would have gotten me prepared for this new journey.
I wish I would have known:
- Privacy or lack of it thereof. Going to the bathroom in peace, without a single squeaky voice or peeping eyes is such a luxury when your kids have learned to walk. This is worse when your bathroom door has no freaking lock [insert profanity here]. One curious kid is not that hard, but once you add one, two, or even three more little monsters to the mix, good luck.
- Showers will either be skipped, shared, or come and gone as fast as you can say presto! I have discovered that if I want to shower I have to either do it quick and quietly or I have to share them with two pairs of legs, at least 8 cars, and a few buckets in order to finally wash the oil off my hair. Do you know just how crowded showers can get?!
- Going out to a restaurant is an adventure on its own. Kids will behave in the car but once at the restaurant be prepared for loud squeals and “mommy, I want to go home”! Having a quiet dinner at a restaurant has to be avoided if you want to keep whatever part of your sanity is still in your power. It gets better though. Keep working on your mommy-glare and you’ll be able to control an army in no time! I’m still working on mine.
- Body changes will happen which is sad. Gravity calls for your girls which after breastfeeding won’t be perky at all. Also, be prepared to lose a cup size after breastfeeding two boys. Oh and that flat tummy, there no more. Sorry. Oh well…all be it for the little people in our lives, right?!
- One word: PACIFIERS! The greatest life savers! At first I wanted to avoid them at all cost but when we first used them, aaahhhh, silence! Saved my sanity and that of all those around me. A. was the one who loved them. J always pretended he was choking, silly boy.
- You will get unwanted advice even from people that know nothing about you. Just take it in, breathe, fake a smile, nod, and walk away before you feel the need to give them a lesson. You’ll hear it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
- You will recognize the smell of your kid’s poop. Even if you have two or more and they all decided to poop, you will know where each one of them is by simply sniffing the air like a hound dog. I would have never thought this to be true, but man was I wrong! Gross, huh?
- Poop, boogers, and body parts are now part of silly jokes and stories. They are even funnier if said at the table and yelled at the top of your lungs while shoving a booger at mommy’s face! Can you tell I have two boys?
- Ever heard of pregnancy brain? Well, it should be renamed as mommy brain. That’s all I’ll say…I think my brain might be out for the week now…
- They grow up so fast! And this is sad! Before you know it your baby will be sitting by its own while throwing their lunch at your brand new jeans! So sad…
If life had taken the course we intended for it to do, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I would actually be pregnant. But I am so glad life happened the way it did. I know have cars laying all over the living room, destroyed beds in their room, colorful plastic plates, monster trucks full of dirty half way dug into the backyard, and two
beautiful handsome faces looking at me with adoring eyes.
All there is to the things I didn’t know is to take them with a grain of salt, a glass of wine, and the biggest smile your mommy brain allows!
Which one thing that you didn’t know prior having kids would have better prepared you to life with children?