[When you become a parent.] Sounds like a fantastic new Dr. Seuss book to me!
Things that I’ve learned in the 8 months & 2 weeks since becoming a parent:
– Sleep really is precious. If you don’t have a child, I’m sure you’ve made fun of someone who says that sleep is one of their favorite activities. Don’t. You do not realize how precious your sleep is until you’re not getting it anymore. The fact that I went to bed at 10 p.m. last night & didn’t wake up until the alarm went off at 6:45? Pure. Bliss.
– Even on the worst of days, a smile can make everything better. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who’s ever had laundry piled up, a house that could be declared a disaster zone on it’s best days, hasn’t showered in two days, forgot where they put the cell phone & has a baby who won’t stop crying for one reason or another. At some point, that baby is going to stop crying & smile at you. In that instant the laundry, state of the house, lack of shower, missing cell phone & stress from the crying baby melts away & everything is right with the world.
– The best toys in the world are the things you don’t want baby to play with. Case in point – Yesterday Butter had to come to work with me at my real estate office because his grandparents [and wonderful babysitters!] had an appointment. I made sure to bring lots of toys, snacks & other distractions for him so that he’d be a good boy. Wanna know what entertained him the most during that stay at my office? He sat on my lap at one point playing with an ink pen, a red Solo cup & the phone cord. Folks, I can’t make this stuff up. This morning, the thing he wanted to play with the most was the electrical cord for my blow dryer. Don’t worry, I didn’t let him do it.
– Pictures can make you laugh without abandon. Looking back at pictures of Butter that were on the memory card of our digital camera last night, I couldn’t help but laugh at the first tummy time pictures. I was so proud of the little boy who picked up his head & looked away from his Mommy. That little boy can now sit, roll all over the place, follow you around the house by crawling, & scare the beats right out of your heart sometimes with the things that he tries to do. I love every minute of watching him grow. I’m glad to have the pictures that we have & realized last night that I need to take more – especially since he’s realized what a camera is, what it does & that if he hams it up just right, he gets tons of praise.
– Babies don’t automatically make anything easier. In fact, they make things harder. Getting out the door now longer takes half an hour. I have to get me clean & dressed, as well as an 8 month old baby who is never fed enough or clean enough to get out the door on time. Relationships get a little tougher too, especially when you’re co-parenting a child. Husband & I don’t always agree on things relating to Butter, but we do agree to do what’s best for him… even if it means biting my tongue that I won the car seat argument. 😉
– Whoever said ‘The best things in life are free’ was 100% correct. Smiles, peals of laughter induced by a tickle fest, coos, gurgles, eyes that light up when you walk in the room? Better than anything anyone has ever spent money on to give me. And the little head that lays on my shoulder at the end of a long day? Mommy might as well end up in a puddle of melted goo on the baby’s bedroom floor.
I love my life. I love the things that I’ve learned in 8 months, 2 weeks of parenting. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.