Ladies, if you are considering having children or perhaps have a newborn at home, I want to talk to you for a moment. You see, as your blog big sister, I feel it is my duty to hip you to a few things that were never shared with me during my nearly 37 years on this earth.
Before I had Regan, and even up until about six months ago, I really thought all I had to do was make it through the first year and then everything would get easier. I thought once I was done making bottles, waking up in the middle of the night and (literally) carrying her everywhere she needed to go, life would suddenly just be a breeze. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Sure, life is a bit easier in those areas- we’re done with bottles, she sleeps through the night and she crawls everywhere she wants to be. Everywhere! But it is a whole lot more difficult in some other areas. Whoever told me, “it will get easier once she starts walking” was LYING!
Now let me hip you to some truths:
#1- Sure, I am finally able to sleep through the night, but I am up before 6am every single morning. No matter what time she goes to bed, that chick is up by 6am daily. I truly don’t even need to set my alarm, I just wait to hear her stirring and I know it’s time to get up. Add to that the fact that I don’t go to bed when she does and I am pretty much running on empty most days. You see, after she goes to bed I still have to clean up, get clothes ready, eat dinner and just chill before going to bed. Some days that’s 930, other days it’s 1130.
If you cherish your sleep, you might want to rethink procreation.
#2- I do a ridiculous amount of laundry. She has a lot of clothes. A lot. And it would seem that I do as well. Since we typically don’t wear things twice, we have piles of dirty laundry every few days. I finally decided that it was okay if she wears her jammies two days in a row, even though it totally skeeves me out, but I don’t think that is really helping to decrease the amount of dirty clothes. I used to like doing laundry but now that I do it every three days, I’m starting to loathe it.
Every day after dinner I have to clean up the dining room, load the dishwasher, and straighten the kitchen. I repeat this every single day because, get this, she wants to eat every single day. The nerve!
I truly feel like all I do is clean my kitchen. I’m constantly spot cleaning the floors. Trash goes out every other day. And to be honest, I never feel like my kitchen is truly clean. It’s always just ready for the next meal. I’m always unloading the dishwasher only to load it again in the same moment. It’s exhausting. If your housekeeping skills are iffy to begin with, they are going to be downright nasty once you have kids.
#3- Regan has been blessed with some really great toys. And they sing. All of them. In a high pitched voice. Singing. Happy. And.Singing.
Wait, this isn’t about the singing (of which there is a lot) this is about the toys scattered ALL OVER MY HOUSE. I seriously straighten up the living room and her bedroom every day. She thinks it’s a game to pull every single toy out. Oh, but once she has pulled every toy out you know what she likes to do? If you said play with her toys you would be wrong. She likes to splash in the toilet or eat my earphones or turn the tv on and off. and on. and off.
So while she is playing with everything but her toys I am putting them away. And once they are all neatly put away she suddenly gains an interest in playing with them again.
I hope these tips will better prepare you for motherhood. Yes the first year is tough, but the subsequent years are tough too.
I’m sure I can think of more unspoken challenges of motherhood, but I really need to go load the dishwasher and put the towels in the dryer.