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Monday, May 7, 2012

No One Ever Told Me...

What No One Ever Told Me About Being a Mom
excerpt from, submitted by JAw2

I am the proud mother of a 2-1/2-year-old and a 3-month old. But there are a few things that no one ever told me about being a mom.

No one ever told me that you can survive on three broken hours of sleep a night. That I will get up to brush my teeth and mistakenly pick up Desitin and use that. That a 3-minute shower (every other day if I'm lucky) would be my "me" time.  That I wouldn't care if I have spit-up running down my back and I haven't brushed my hair for days.

No one ever told me that the 15 minutes my husband and I have together a night would feel like an eternity because all I want to do is go to sleep. That I would master cooking with one hand. That shaving my legs would be a privilege. That I would never go to the bathroom the same way ever again. That I would forget to eat. That I would be the one who would defeat the monsters in the closet.

No one ever told me that both kids would cry at the same time and there is no off button. No one ever told me what toddlers eat. That if one child gets sick the whole house gets sick (duh!) That when my child vomits I will use my own hands to catch it. That it is easier to potty train a cat than a 2-year-old.

No one ever told me that I would memorize the silliest kid songs and sing them when I'm not even with my children. That I would know all the different kinds of trucks.

No one ever told me that having children is the most gratifying and thankless job you could ever do. That the love for my children would take complete control over my life, and that I would invite that control. No one ever told me that I would give up my selfishness totally for the fact that I have to. That getting up three or four times a night would be worth it. That I could be this happy and this tired and this worn out and still look forward to doing it all again tomorrow.

I don't know if I will ever sleep again and I don't know how much "ME" time I will ever get again but I do know that I have so much love in my heart that I don't care.


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