The Marvels & Misdemeaners of Parenting
Having had 5 kids over 17 years means I’ve seen a bit of everything so have decided to share what I’ve learnt. Kids are an oxymoron wrapped up in an enigma. Men say women are hard to figure out but that’s nothing compared to kids.
When preparing for motherhood we’re all told of the miracle of birth and the bonding of mother and baby but often we’re not given all the facts. Friends and family will either tell you of the wonders or scare you senseless with horror stories. The purpose of my blog is a real and honest look at raising children and still maintaining your sense of humour and sanity with the occasional cloth nappy advice thrown in.
Lets start with birth, it’ll hurt, no amount of hoping and sticking your head in the sand will change that. The good news is women don’t have to bite on a stick anymore, there are drugs available to help, sadly they don't give you drugs to get through motherhood lol. The only people that want a “natural birth” usually are women that haven’t given birth before. The thing to remember is while it’ll be the worst pain you’ll experience (if you aren’t medicated), it’s also the easiest to forget.
The moment that baby's body slides out you’ll feel the biggest sense of relief you’ll ever know. It’s a really impressive high. From that moment on you’ll have someone who will love you unconditionally for the rest of your life. From that moment you’ll also have someone that will cause you to consider adopting a drinking problem when it’s a teen.
Here’s some points to remember:
- While most mum's bond with their baby straight away, not everyone does. Sometimes it takes times which is fine and normal.
- Don’t let anyone make you do something you don’t want to do. Whether it’s bottle or breast, cloth or disposable nappies, this baby is yours to raise how you want. When you receive a billion pieces advice from many good intentioned people including those with no children the best way to handle it is smile politely and do what you want.
- When you get home from the hospital enjoy your baby. They grow up quick. The housework can wait.
To finish off I’ll leave you with this thought - be grateful your baby cant talk. We spend ages trying to get them to say mum only to wish we hadn’t because they spend the rest of your life yelling “mmmuuummmm” from the other end of the house.