Every Mom Blogger on the face of planet Earth has written a post like this. So I probably shouldn’t, but its my Blog and its my brain so I’m going to do it anyway…
I’ve been a Mom for almost 11 years now. Every day that I delve deeper into Mom-hood, I realize how little I actually knew about being a Mom beforehand. I mean, I knew the basics and I felt relatively prepared for the role but there is A LOT of shit that no one tells you. Moving past the heartfelt homemade papier mache Mother’s Day gifts and those snuggly quiet moments with Les Petites, there are a lot of get your hands dirty times that are sort of glossed over when we look back on our Mothering histories.
Like breastfeeding. Everyone tells you how much you HAVE TO DO IT. Absolutely no one, like ever, tells you how freaking hard it is. Even if its all going well, the milk is flowing and the little bundle is latching. The trials and tribulations of the simple act of feeding your child are the stuff of nightmares for every new mother, even when she’s on baby 2, 3, 4, or whatever. NO ONE tells you that your baby will lose weight after they’re born and that you need to get them eating tons to gain it back. NO ONE tells you that you will be judged by every nurse, family member – hell STRANGER passing by that you are doing something wrong. Don’t give formula! Your baby is too skinny, give formula. Drink beer. Don’t drink beer. Hold the baby like this. No like this. She has gas. He has colic. And that’s just one aspect of being a new mom. I’m not even going to talk about poop… for anyone.
As your kids grow older, new fresh surprises creep up on you. Things like math homework. Sure, doing homework with your kids is an expected thing. But seriously, someone even breathes “place value” and I get the sweats. Think think think… how does place value work? How the hell do I explain it? No wonder parents get called out for doing their kids homework all the time. Teaching cranky and hungry kids new math is another spine chilling nightmare. Enjoy your newfound power struggle. Like getting them to bathe and eat vegetables isn’t hard enough?
We all know now that being Mom equates to more dishes, more groceries and piles and piles of laundry. Some of the latter being so dirty and smelly you need a shower after sorting it. Much of it is freshly laundered only returned to the hamper by your young one in lieu of actually putting it in the drawer. Proximity to the laundry that smells like the depths of hell necessitates yet another load to fluff and fold. Good times.
And all the toilet flushing. So much toilet flushing. Why didn’t anyone tell me that as a mother of potty-trained plus kids I should allot several minutes each week to flushing toilets that other people haven’t flushed. Why? Add in another time allotment for toilet paper roll replacement. This is not so bad since you can multi-task this while you visit the loo (you know, those 2-3 minute windows each day when you get a chance to be alone… if you’re lucky). You know this because you are the only one who changes the roll so you are bound to be the one who has to change it. You just need to pray that someone has left a spare roll behind for you…
Brilliant, as usual.
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