But what about the things no one tells us? The real-life, "hard-core" PARENTAL moments? 6 years ago my "mom eyes" were flung open - and I've been surprised at some of the situations I've found myself in, only to learn (thanks goodness) that they are common situations.
A few things I didn't know:
1. You will catch puke with your hands (oh yes - you will). When your little one is sick and about to throw up, cupping your hands and leaning in to catch becomes instinctual.
2. You will say things like: "What have I told you about pooping in other people's backyards" (even as it came out of my mouth, I knew how ridiculous it sounded - even though it was a true statement).
4. Your wee one will poop in the bath tub (for some reason I NEVER thought about this). I was horrified when it happened the first time, but apparently it's common, and I've been told that I should be grateful that I wasn't in the tub with him - Ewwwwww!
5. Labour pains feel just like REALLY STRONG menstrual cramps - I always wondered this, and no one could give me a straight answer. I have almost passed out from menstrual cramp pain three times in my years of fertility. Labour feels the same, but for (in my case) 26 hours of increasingly intense, longer waves.
Would I have chosen not to have kids if someone had told me all this? Of course not! The good does indeed outweigh the bad.
The best and most surprising thing I discovered when I had kids: it feels just like falling in love. After meeting my second husband, I was saddened at the thought of never experiencing the giddiness of new love. But their is romance in becoming a mother, and it makes catching puke totally worth it (mind you - I wouldn't catch my husband's puke...)
I would love to hear about your "hard-core" mom moments. Do you recognize yourself in any of the situations above? Please feel free to add to the list, and comment on an experience you've had.
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