Mothers know everything, this is just a plain and simple fact.
Ask a mother any question, and she’ll give you the answer. Ironically if you ask 20 mothers the same question, be prepared for 20 different answers. Going into motherhood, I knew exactly what kind of parent I was going to be, how I would raise my child, my ideas of teaching and discipline already well thought out,, but OH, how wrong I was…
These are thing I never knew until I became a mom:
I didn’t know I could love in such an unconditional, proud way.
I didn’t know what true and complete sacrifice was. Sacrifice of your body, your time, your sleep, your days, your things, your self.
I didn’t know the sound of nails on a chalkboard is soothing when compared to a child who won’t stop screaming
I didn’t know when the screaming stopped, instead of being grateful, I would panic—and then proceed to awaken the baby to make sure my bundle of joy was still breathing (and the cycle would continue…)
I didn’t know how intensely moms can support each other.
I didn’t know the excitement of hearing “Mommy” for the first 100 times
I didn’t know the annoyance of hearing “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy” 100 times in a row
I didn’t know that shopping by myself would be a mini vacation.
I didn’t know the the bliss of smelling a freshly bathed baby.
I didn’t know something so small and so cute could smell so bad
I didn’t know how one smile could brighten my entire day
I didn’t know I’d try almost anything to get my baby to sleep or eat or to stop tantrum
I didn’t know Adrenalin runs out after about 3.5 months
I didn’t know how dark children’s literature can be
I didn’t know how strong a Mother’s Intuition really is
I didn’t know that I would have to say “No” a million times a day
I didn’t know I’d ever have to use the Heimlich maneuver
I didn’t know the power of Barney
I didn’t know the joy of singing the alphabet song over and over and over and…
I didn’t know what real suffering was—until I saw my child suffer
I didn’t know what helplessness was—until I realized there was nothing I could do to stop the pain
I didn’t know I wouldn’t want to know some things
I didn’t know how long this list would be, and that I could probably add another million things to it.
I didn’t know the joy of a simple glass (bottle) of wine after my son has fallen asleep.
I didn’t know that having a baby would be the best thing in my life ever!
I’d love to hear some of the interesting things you have learnt since becoming a parent!