Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Thing About Parenting That Surprised Me The Most...

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Today I wanted to take some time to reflect on what surprises me the most about being a Mom. All your life you hear these stories about parenting. You might hear a parent with a new baby talk about the sleepless nights. You might hear a Mom or Dad talk about having to drive around the block all night to get their little one to sleep. Since I grew up with a baby in my home I was pretty familiar with babies. 

What I wanted to talk about today were the little things that have surprised me. The stuff I didn't grow up hearing about. The stories that don't necessarily get told all that often. For starters, I am very surprised at how selfless you become once you become a parent. I've heard this before but no one ever made the degree of selflessness that clear to me. I remember when there was a day when I'd shop and shop and shop. Ever since I became a parent I don't have the desire to buy things the way I did before. Of course I still love trend watching and treating myself to something every now and then but I have to make a conscious effort to shop for myself. I want to do things for myself and take time out for myself but the truth is whenever I do have free time I use it to do something fun with my kids. Being selfless goes far beyond these two examples but you get where I'm going...

I'm also way more cautious than I've ever been in my whole life. I've never been so aware of how to prevent something from happening. Before I had kids I don't remember using sunscreen unless I was at the beach. Now I'm rubbing everyone down before we leave the house and then spraying everyone every two hours while we're out. Since babies have sensitive skin I've already started thinking about rubbing a little diaper rash ointment on Baby M's bottom at night to prevent diaper rash. I would hate for him to have any discomfort. I plan to use Dr. Smith's diaper rash ointment for long car rides and overnight sleeping. We'll be going to the beach in September and I've already started gathering things for water safety and researching baby tents for the beach. These are some of the little things that surprise me about parenting. There are so many little things you'll do just to prevent something else from happening. From choosing the right car seat to finding the perfect beach tent I'm so much more cautious then I ever thought I would be.

Another thing that surprises me about parenting is how much it has made me appreciate my own parents. Before I became a Mom I don't think I ever really thought about how hard it must have been for my parents to raise my brothers and I. I had a great childhood but I'm sure it came with some sacrifice. I think about my parents in a completely different way now. I am so much more understanding. Now I know for sure that everything they did for me (whether I liked it or not) was done out of love and in consideration of my well being. I am so much more appreciative of every time they told me no or changed my curfew. For every Christmas and family vacation. I can definitely get where they were coming from. 

What has surprised you the most about parenting?

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23 comments:

  1. I must have wipes!

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  2. Each woman's pregnancy experience is so vastly different & unique.

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    1. I agree. That is something that I've been surprised about too. No two pregnancies are alike.

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  3. The thing that surprised me the most is unconditional love. Throughout life we usually grow to love someone, meaning, it takes a little time. The instant love that arrives when you meet your child is beautiful.

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    1. Very true. It's the only time I can honestly say I had love at first sight.

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  4. I no longer carry small bags, always big bags with lots of wipes inside.

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    1. I am convinced that baby wipes have some type of magic potion on them. Just this morning I spot cleaned our stroller with a baby wipe. The other day I cleaned a spot off of the carpet with one. Those things come in so handy.

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  5. The experience as a whole! Its a great one...but its so much to be responsible for someone's life! Sometimes I just get emotional with the thought of how God trusted us enough to bless us with a little one!

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    1. I understand what you're saying. They are little blessings and it's overwhelming when you think about how you have to provide and care for this little person. It's like you don't want to mess up and you want them to be happy and healthy people. Tons of responsibility...

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  6. I use the dr. smith small to go packets religiously. My nurse actually gave me a whole box and i love this cream for go away fast action for diaper rashes. I feel like the most surprising thing about parenting is that they always learn faster and more than you think they do and when you look around you are amazed at the new things they are doing........livivua

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    1. I'm always surprised when my daughter says or does something new. So glad you like the Dr. Smith's ointment!

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  7. I was surprised that it feels like I never have time for myself since my baby was born

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    1. That's true. Free time is a luxury.

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  8. Heather Hayes PanjonJuly 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I'm Surprised On How Fast The Years Go By!

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    1. I agree! I always say babies make time fly. I can't believe my daughter will be 3 this year!

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  9. What surprised me the most was what sheer joy I experienced after my daughter's birth.
    Thank you.

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    1. Those first couple days are the best, very surreal.

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  10. I was surprised by how fast they grow and change! So glad to have lots of pictures!

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  11. I was most surprised about how little sleep I get! LOL. I never believed all the horror stories. But it's worth it!

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  12. that the bond could be so instantaneous

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