Before I had kids, I thought I knew it all! I thought raising kids was the easiest thing and I had no idea why these parents were complaining. Just discipline them and everything will be fine.
Oh, it makes me laugh now. Now that I truly understand that each child is different. Each child has his or her own personality.
I also thought that when I had kids, everything would stay pretty much the same, we would just have a little one around. I would still be able to watch whatever I wanted on TV, cook whatever I wanted, and go wherever I wanted whenever I wanted.
Yeah, I was living in a dream world.
It really makes my hubby and I laugh now though are things we thought we knew. I decided to make list of ten things that completely changed in our house after having children. Which ones do you agree with?
1.You need to plan at least an extra half hour in order to get out the door on time.
Like, wow! The first few months after having our first I was late to everything!! I have learned to pack the diaper bag the night before and that really helps get me out the door quicker. I have to make time get shoes on for all of us and gather up my purse, keys, etc. plus take time to buckle everyone in the car seats. It’s so different from when I would just grab my keys and go.
2. Whining becomes a second language.
Yeah, there will be whining coming from the kiddos. No getting out of it. Enough said.
3. You stop buying Lucky Charms and buy a whole lot of Cheerios.
I love Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, and all those unhealthy cereals. I had never eaten Raisin Bran or Cheerios before kids, but now that is all I eat. I don’t want the kiddos getting into the habit of eating sugary breakfast meals, so I had to cut it out of my diet too.
4. You might as well just make a t-shirt quilt out of all of those size small college t-shirts
I have like 700 (okay, that’s a slight exaggeration) t-shirts from when I was in college. I got them at various activities and while I was active in my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. And guess what?! They are all size SMALL. Yeah, those were the days. Now, my little belly roll from where Maggie and Charlie planted themselves for 9 months shows right through those tight t-shirts. I left them in the drawer for about a year and then that was it….I put them in a bin for when I have time to make a t-shirt quilt. I am definitely not saying there is no hope in losing the baby fat, everybody is different and every body is different, so hopefully you can get back into those clothes sooner than I have.
5. You become very fond of the quiet shower because that is the only place there isn’t noise….and that’s if you can even take a shower without the kids jumping in with you…
This one pretty much speaks for itself. I love the sound of the kids playing and laughing, but it is so nice being in the shower because it’s quiet and I can think….that is, if they aren’t barging in and pulling on the shower curtain.
6. You are not as modest as you once were.
I was like the most modest person ever until Maggie was born. Then with breastfeeding all the time, changing diapers, trying to go to the bathroom with a kiddo with me, the modesty kind of goes out the window.
7. You will want to apologize to those parents that you judged before you had kids.
Don’t deny it. We all do it. We watch kids at the mall or at a restaurant that are acting up and think, “If I were those parents I would….” Once your kids start becoming their own little people with their own little personalities, you start to realize that it is a little harder than just disciplining and then they become perfect angels. It is harder than it looks and every child reacts to discipline differently.
8. 99.8% of the pictures you take will be blurry.
Seriously…why don’t kids hold still?!?!? They are always blurring up my pictures. Like this…
I was trying to take a picture of him sportin our favorite diapers, but he threw them at me. So yeah, action shots are our new jam. Speaking of diapers…
9. You buy diapers and wipes…Oh, and you buy them in bulk.
I go to Sam’s Club to buy diapers and wipes in bulk. First of all, it’s cheaper. Secondly….we go through a LOT of diapers and wipes (especially with a newborn). One more time…we go through a LOT of diapers and wipes.
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10. Your heart melts a lot easier just by a sweet look or an “I love you, mommy.”
I tear up a lot more often now that I have little ones. When her sweet little hand holds mine or even when she just says my name, “mommy,” I just melt sometimes. It’s the best feeling ever!
These are just some ways that I feel life has changed since I became a parent. I wouldn’t change anything for the world- it’s all completely and totally worth it! Raising children is such a wonderful gift from God and we are so blessed to have them.
What are some ways life has changed for you now that you are a parent?