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My sister stopped by today to give the kids valentines and we inevitably jumped to the topic of babies. She is due with her first later this year, so there is plenty to talk about. Registry lists and baby monitors, glucose testing and post-baby night sweats.
It also made me a bit nostalgic for those days when I had a little one to snuggle. I pulled up a blog post from seven years ago, back from when my babies were little, so I could remember what it was like…
I was going through one of my many piles, and I came across this sheet of paper where I had scribbled a list of some of the surprising things about motherhood. I think it was back when Parker was about 6 months old. Here’s a sampling:
- How horrible labor is…
- And how quickly you forget how horrible labor was
- The number of diapers you go through in a day
- How slippery babies are when you give them a bath
- The number of mistakes you make, every single day
- Baby food containers that squirt you when you open them
- Seeing your personality traits in them
- Hearing your words come out of their mouth
- How good a baby smells
- Being responsible for another human being
- Rediscovering playing make-believe as a hobby
- That sippy cup valves get incredibly gooey if you forget to clean them
- The importance of being connected with other Moms
- The importance of finding a little time for yourself every day
- How little time you spend on yourself
- That you hardly look at yourself before leaving the house
- How quickly they grow up
- The extent of your love for them
It was true then….and it’s true now. How deep is the love we have for our kids…at every age.
Happy Valentines Day.