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25 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having Kids (3/8)
- That you can become angry, irritable, and full of rage.
- That no child is perfect.
- That your sex life will never be the same
- That sleeping through the night meant 4-5 hours.
- That other moms, whether online or in person, are SO important to maintain your own sanity
- That you can read and read all the baby books in existence, and sometimes they just won't apply to your child. Every child is different
- How incredibly big that can actually stretch!
- That you should dream big wonderful things about children and you will be very lucky to have healthy children. BUT, if you have a child with a disability or special need, it's going to be OK too
- To rest when the baby does. To forget about cleaning for the first year. To relax
- That it would be YEARS before I felt like myself again.
- That my world would revolve around almost entirely around bodily fluids.
- That breastfeeding is a LEARNED skill. Breastfeeding is hard.
- That a quick 5-minute run to the store would turn into a 45-minute fiasco of bundling up and packing up.
- That those sagging boobs that made you cringe on "other women" when you were young will somehow make their way onto your own body
- To develop a thicker skin to let all the "helpful" advice from the husband's relatives roll off my back.
- That TV time would never be the same.
- That you'll appreciate showers like never before in part because you realize that they are more of a luxury than a necessity, but mostly because they become the only 5-minute slice of solitude that you can carve out in a 24-hour period.
- That babies, strollers, and naptimes turn into homework, texting, and Big Kid dilemmas faster than you can imagine.
- Not to underestimate the importance of taking care of yourself because if you are not well, it's hard to take good care of the kids.
- To wear a bra while having "Relations" with the husband if you are breastfeeding.
- That kids aren't a 9-5 job. You can't just go home and leave it until tomorrow. Tomorrow will follow you around until it's 18.
- Just how completely we'd have to give our grown-up social and cultural lives. I desperately miss R-rated movies, art galleries, grown-up museum exhibits, fine dining, and TRAVEL!
- That the whole finding other moms and kids to socialize with is actually more complicated than dating and can be just as heartbreaking.
- To take long leisurely bathroom breaks, preferably while reading a good book or magazine.
- To save the drugs they give you for childbirth for when they're teens. You'll need them.