New moms warm my heart. I see in them a mixture of excitement, sweetness and pure exhaustion. I feel old when words like “It goes so fast…enjoy each moment” stumble out. I think it’s because I remember looking at “older” ladies that would say stuff like that to me and think, “Are you crazy? This the longest day in history…I’m sleep deprived!”
So in honor of feeling old and full of irrelevant advice, I chronicled 10 things I’ve learned about mommy-hood.
- I really can operate of just a little bit of sleep!
- I will lose at tic-tac-toe to a 4 year old – and I was actually trying. (Maybe I should amend #1)
- Sippy cups aren’t really spill proof. Don’t put grape juice in there.
- My children will be better dressed than I. They get new clothes every six months; I get new clothes every six years.
- 80% of how I spent my free time before kids was an absolute waste of time.
- A mini-me is awesome – but really, really scary when you see all your bad habits in her.
- Children can preach a better sermon than any pastor I know… “Mommy, why didn’t you give money to that man? You said we should share!”
- God’s love for me is unfathomable, in the same way my kids just do not get how much I love them.
- Taking lots of pictures of my kids was worth it. (Side note: Don’t develop them all and please don’t include all of them in your Christmas letter. But take them, and look at them on your computer…you’ll love it and so will they.)
- Nothing is grosser than cleaning vomit out of the car seat. Really, nothing.
What has being a parent taught you?