I’ve often said that NOTHING can prepare one for parenthood. Yeah, the books, the antenatal classes and the magazine articles can help, but you never quite know until you’re there – being pooped on, worrying about a sick child, or trying to get by on four hours of sleep.
And how are we to know? And who is ever going to be honest and write in a book that the smell of milk vomit lingers for many hours, or that when your toddler is having a tantrum in a shopping centre, you pretty much wish you could hide in a shelf, preferably among the comfort chocolates, so no one could look at you and judge.
So, in the spirit of honesty on this blog, and because I’m dying for other moms to share their things, I’m laying it down: the things I never knew, and those things they’ll never teach us at antenatal classes:
– That having a bubble bath uninterrupted would be one of life’s greatest treats
– That there is nothing more frustrating that a whining child who you don’t know how to placate
– That it will hurt when your child doesn’t come running to you first
– That it will hurt when you leave for work and your child cries
– That it will hurt and gladden when you leave your child, and they wave you goodbye and blow kisses
– That you’ll not only worry about what the world might do to your child, but what your child will do to and for the world
– That things will get broken and messy
– That it will sometimes be hard to give your kid the best
– That it will sometimes be hard to even know what is best for your kid
– That mother’s guilt is as inevitable as your child’s snot and tears
– That sometimes there will be snot, and you won’t even care to wipe it properly
– That sometimes you’ll think longingly of the days when you didn’t have children
– That often you’ll wonder how empty life was without children
– That motherhood hurts
But love is the one thing I always knew. And I’ve never waivered on that
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