I heard that someone I know had their first baby and I felt so excited for them. I will have to admit I felt a bit sorry for them too.
Not because having kids is not awesome (I really think it is!) but because knowing what it is like to have kids is mostly baptism by fire. It’s a lot of OMGWTF and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING for a while. Then that feeling only crops up sometimes.
Parenthood has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. Truly, I cannot imagine my life without my wonderful kiddos.
But it certainly has it’s surprising moments.
Here are some of the things that surprised me the most.
-That you lost the instinct to run away from someone puking and instead put your cupped hands UNDER your child’s mouth in an effort to CATCH the spew. WHY DO I DO THAT??
-That I would be able to function reasonably well on such minimal sleep.
-That I would say things like “do not put that in your vagina” and ‘do not cast spells on your sister when she is crying” and “I cannot breastfeed you while you are eating”.
-That the “mama bear” instinct could kick in so quickly. I discovered this as I yelled at the woman performing the hearing test on 1 day old Tannah because she was hurting her. I kicked her out of the room and banner her from returning.
-That talking about reproduction would be so easy. I honestly expected to be all awkward but it was no big deal.
-how much joy I would get from the joy of my children.
-That I would forget to do a simple thing like do up the feeding cups on my bra before putting a child in the ergo on my back. Tight stretched tee shirt across my chest with a LOT of visible nipple action. More than once.
-That some people really do make rude and downright nasty comments at the shops on everything from the size of your bump to how your child does their hair. Not to mention how you “should” be doing it.
-That I could spend entire days gazing at my newborns.
-How much it has changed me. I’m an improved version of the before kids me for sure.
What did you find surprising?