Nobody told me:
- that I would be in more pain after the baby was born than I would be during labor.
- that feeding a newborn would be a full-time job.
- that I would have conversations about poop and never blush.
- that I could survive on two hours of interrupted sleep.
- that I would be more excited about buying my children new clothes than I am about my own.
- that I would hide story books because they made me cry (I’m looking at you, Love You Forever)
- that I would clean a child’s bedroom with a broom and black garbage bag.
- that I would worry so much about my kids struggling with the same issues I struggled with as a kid.
- that I would be so excited over my child reading his first word, or writing his first numbers.
- that I would stop caring if their clothing matched.
- how much laundry multiplies.
- just how much more milk there is in a gallon if it is spilled on the floor.
- that I might not cry when they go off to kindergarten, but I probably will when they leave for college.
- that I could enjoy being a working mom just as much or more than I enjoyed being a stay at home mom.
- that I would love these kids so much.
I’m glad that nobody told me. I wouldn’t have believed you anyway if you had. And really, half the joy has been in the discovery.
Chime in! What are some truths of motherhood that nobody told you?