You know when your kids are babies you'll get much less sleep than you did before. You know when they start crawling/walking they'll be into everything. You know when they get to the "terrible twos" that they'll be, well, terrible. You know they'll be picky with their food. You know they'll get sick. I could go on, but you probably get the point. Here are some things I didn't "know."
1. I didn't know exactly how much less sleep you get when you have a newborn. I'm talking 3-4 hours a night sometimes. If you're a nursing mom, you'll get even less because you're hubby can't help with feedings through the night (at least until they take a bottle). But, you always find a way to keep going because, well, you have to! And, falling asleep will never be easier than when they're newborns because you're just that exhausted. (I should also mention I didn't know that the lack of sleep continues well out of the newborn phase . . .)
|As tired as I might be, nothing beats that smile!|
|Mr. Mischief using a propped-up cushion to try to climb on to this chair.|
|Thumbs-up for eating a good lunch!|
5. I didn't know how much I would dread them getting sick. Especially the stomach flu. Once that season hits, I am literally paranoid they're coming down with it every time they seem out of sorts. In spite of all my efforts to keep them/things clean, Asher got it last year and this year, and Aiden got it this year, too. But, taking care of them when they're sick really does make you appreciate when they're healthy because it's a night and day difference. Finally seeing them smile and feel better is such a relief after days of feeling crappy.
Okay, there are probably hundreds of things I didn't know before we had kids. Do I miss some of the freedoms? Sure. I don't know how you couldn't miss them. But, I wouldn't change it for anything. It's so much harder than I ever dreamed, but I love them so much more than I ever could have imagined. They bring so much joy to each day, and it's amazing how happy it can make me to see Aiden's mischievous smile as he peeks around a corner (even though it's probably a warning that he's doing something he shouldn't) or just hear Asher say "Hey, Mom" as I come down the stairs. Each day holds something unexpected, and no matter how badly the day seems to be going, kids brighten it when you least expect it (i.e. I was almost in tears from feeling overwhelmed with everything as I was preparing lunch today, and Asher came up and just hugged my leg!)
|"Ooo, can you teach me how to use that, big brother?"|
|Best part of having a toddler? Hearing "Love you, Mom" from this guy!|