Parenting is hard. It's a hard job. And sometimes it really sucks. I am not the type to sugar coat, and just to let you know, there are temper tantrums in the middle of Target, 3am wake up calls, a constant smell of puke radiating from you until your baby stops formula feeding... and so many more sucky things.
But I am grateful for all of that. I am grateful that I was "blessed" with a child and that he is the center of my whole being. I am grateful that when I am having a bad day, all I need to do is ask for a hug, and he gives it to me. I am grateful for cuddles. I am grateful for smiles. I am grateful for the beautiful innocence of a child. I am grateful for love. And since I am so grateful, I am going to link up with Ember Grey for Grateful Heart Monday, but I am also going to tell you some things that I wish someone would have told me during my pregnancy.
It's possible to love someone more than than the air you breathe. Maybe this one is a given, but from the time that child is growing in your belly, you promise yourself that you would give your last dying breath to save or care for them. Once they come out, you would do the same. It is definitely possible to care about someone more than yourself.
Privacy is a luxury. Once that child comes into your life, your life is no longer your own, and that includes having a thing as simple as privacy. You are no longer allowed to go to the bathroom by yourself, try on clothes at the store, or even brush your teeth by yourself.
Being on the verge of insanity is totally normal. Do you know that quote from Albert Einstein "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"? Yeah, that's pretty much how it is... parenthood is this blissfully beautiful and insane thing. But it's so worth it.
And so is smelling another human's bottom end. Enough said.
Caring in a non-caring situation is mandatory. When your child brings you a leaf, and tells you to be interested, you need to be. Sure, you may have seen hundreds of leaves, but the one that your child is showing you, may have been the coolest one that they found; and they wanted to share it with you. When your child gives you a rock or flower, you take it and thank them, because at that time, that may have been the only thing they had to give.
What is something that no one told you about becoming a parent?