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25 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having Kids (3/8)
  1. That you can become angry, irritable, and full of rage.
  2. That no child is perfect.
  3. That your sex life will never be the same
  4. That sleeping through the night meant 4-5 hours.
  5. That other moms, whether online or in person, are SO important to maintain your own sanity
  6. 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
  7. How incredibly big that can actually stretch!
  8. 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
  9. To rest when the baby does. To forget about cleaning for the first year. To relax
  10. That it would be YEARS before I felt like myself again.
  11. That my world would revolve around almost entirely around bodily fluids.
  12. That breastfeeding is a LEARNED skill. Breastfeeding is hard.
  13. That a quick 5-minute run to the store would turn into a 45-minute fiasco of bundling up and packing up.
  14. That those sagging boobs that made you cringe on "other women" when you were young will somehow make their way onto your own body
  15. To develop a thicker skin to let all the "helpful" advice from the husband's relatives roll off my back.
  16. That TV time would never be the same.
  17. 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.
  18. That babies, strollers, and naptimes turn into homework, texting, and Big Kid dilemmas faster than you can imagine.
  19. 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.
  20. To wear a bra while having "Relations" with the husband if you are breastfeeding.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. That the whole finding other moms and kids to socialize with is actually more complicated than dating and can be just as heartbreaking.
  24. To take long leisurely bathroom breaks, preferably while reading a good book or magazine.
  25. To save the drugs they give you for childbirth for when they're teens. You'll need them.
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