The other day, I was struck by some more of the “Ugly Truths about Motherhood” that I have learned since the Littlest Brewster made her debut roughly 9 months ago.
Not all of them are ugly truths; in fact, most of them are just truths that surprised me. And I thought I’d share them with you all – feel free to comment and add your own!
1) You will become skilled at diffentiating between your child’s “I’ve chopped off my finger and need attention now” cry and her “I’m bored and need attention now” cry. Usually within the first 1 -2 seconds of her making noise and without actually looking in her direction.
2) You will also become skilled at completely ignoring your child’s “I’m bored and need attention now” cry while carrying on with your life and the million things that need to be done. In fact, it can reach the point where you don’t actually even hear them, beyond as annoying background noise. This comes in handy when you’re on a plane or in public and someone else’s kid starts to cry; you can tune them out really easily and almost forget that there’s a screaming baby two rows behind you.
3) You will simultaneously think “I can’t wait for this phase to be over!” and “Oh my God, this is going too fast! Slow down!!!”
4) You will have days when you will think, “Is this all that defines me? Is ‘Mom’ all that my life has to offer me from here on out?” And it doesn’t make you a bad person, but maybe it’s time to find a new project.
So, these are just a few that have struck me lately; that last one in particular has been sort of stuck in the back of my mind for a couple of days. The DreadBrewer and I have our annual pilgrimage to Asheville at the end of the week – I think it will be a good opportunity for me to do some serious thinking about what project I want to take on next, be it training for a 10K or learning a new craft or working on my nursing knowledge base more assiduously.
What are some tidbits you’ve picked up during the great parenting experiment?