Before you become a mother, you have all these ideas in your head about what kind of mother you’ll be and what motherhood will be like. The truth is, nothing you do to prepare actually prepares you for motherhood.
Here are a few unconventional things I’ve learned (so far) along the way:
- First and foremost, learn to love coffee. Coffee is your friend.
- You can survive on less sleep than you thought. You just get used to it, plus coffee. 🙂
- Breastmilk is gold. They say “don’t cry over spilled milk,” but you will when it’s breastmilk.
- Carry baby wipes wherever you go. They aren’t just perfect for wiping tushies. I use them for just about everything – from cleaning sticky fingers and spills to sanitizing shopping carts and restaurant tables.
- Your car will be filthy until they’re in college. You’ll continuously wonder where all of the dirt, food, and toys come from.
- Lean on your Mom friends. Ask questions, share stories, cry, vent… seriously, lean on them.
- Your kids will get sick at the worst times. On vacation, at 3 am in the morning, or while you’re at work in a meeting. It just happens.
- Your bathrooms will be appalling just a day or two after you clean them. You’ll wonder how the pee makes its way to the back of the seat, on the rim, and on the floor all at the same time.
- Privacy, what’s that? You’ll learn to do your business while your kids stare at you in the face.
- Getting ready to leave the house will require a herculean effort and 10x more planning, even if it’s just a quick trip to the grocery store. They’ll need a toy, a snack, a potty break, and don’t forget the diaper bag, a pacifier, and a blanket for the baby.
- No matter how long you slave over dinner, your kids won’t eat it. Instead, they’ll ask for cereal, fruit snacks, bananas, or anything other than what you’ve put on the table.
- You’ll wish you could borrow a voice that is deeper and scarier like your husbands because your kids will ignore every word you say.
- The newborn stage is the easiest stage. It definitely has its challenges, but it gets more challenging as they get older. Newborns can’t talk back, fight with their siblings, or yell at you for forgetting their milk. Seriously, embrace the newborn stage.
- The messes, oh the messes. I’m not just talking about the millions of toys constantly all over the floor. I mean the floors, kitchen tables, and bathrooms. They’ll be dirtier than you ever dreamed possible.
- Being naked is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And, if you’re lucky enough to have a boy, they’ll enjoy playing with their boy parts all. the. time.
In spite of all of this, what I’ve really learned so far about motherhood is that no matter how hard it gets, you’ll quickly learn your kids will love you no matter what; even on your worst day, they’ll love you. So love them hard and tell them you love them often. Snuggle, hug, and kiss them every day. It truly does go by so fast.