But on to the real point of this post - Some things I've learned as a parent. I became a Mom just over 5 years ago. And I have gained much wisdom since that day. Wisdom that I will share with you, should there be any of "you" left!
The two most exciting things in a little boy's life are Grandparents...and the garbage truck! (Sorry to lump you in with garbage grandparents, but at least I listed you first!).
The word "butt" is absolutely the most hysterical word in the English language. There is nothing you, as a parent, can do to stop your child from saying it once he has figured out the inherent humor. Accept it and move on!
You can in fact be feeling completely flustered, flummoxed, and frazzled at your child's horrid behavior one moment, and the next laughing so hard you're crying because he just did the funniest thing you've ever seen.
You can never take too many pictures of your sweet cherubs. Every single shift in expression must be recorded for posterity's sake!
A plain cardboard box will in fact be one of your child's most prized possessions.
There WILL be seemingly trivial moments when you look at your child and feel overwhelmed with love for them. Even a simple moment like sitting on the floor, flipping through a book.
There WILL be moments when you wish you could run from your house screaming like a mad woman, leaving someone else to deal with your
The worst childhood illnesses always happen in the middle of the night. Thank goodness for 24 hour pharmacies!
Once you have children, you will think wistfully back to a time when you could go out for a night on the town, or even away for the weekend, on a moment's notice. Even if you never actually did that before you had children. Ahem.
No matter how bad "it" is, there is someone else going through "it" too. Google it...you'll find a website, forum or article that deals with "it". The internet makes the world a very small place -you're never alone.
When you have more than one child, you may very well have to do things very differently with the 2nd (or 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 20th) than you did with the first. For instance, just because child #1 slept through the night at 5 weeks, and would fall asleep on his own at 5 months, does not mean your other child(ren) will. Not that I know from experience or anything. (where's that sarcasm font when you need it?)
As soon as you pick up the phone, your children will deem that "make as much noise as humanly possible" time. And they will insist on talking to whomever it is on the other end, before they know who it is, or whether they know them or not.
You will never appreciate quiet as much as you do when you have children. And I suspect that empty-nesters will tell me that you never appreciate a noisy house until those same children are grown up and on their own.
There are times when you will think your child cannot possibly eat any more food. Yet five minutes (or less) later you will once again hear "Mommy, I'm still hungry."
Finally, for now, because I have to feed a couple of hungry boys, always have a sense of humor about things. Because more than likely, whatever it is that's getting you riled up at the moment won't matter in a few years, or even a few days.
Now, if I could only remember to apply all of this wonderful wisdom I've attained.