jumping into parenting #NaBloPoMo

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Parenting is a rough sport.

There are some days that I sit back and say “What on Earth? How did I jump into this? This is the most exhausting job that I’ve ever had!” A few sips on a Margarita generally take the pain away. (And no, I don’t drink during nap time.)

I look around my house and see Thomas and (most of) his friends neatly lined on the track eager to go, there are big trucks and small trucks sitting on the shelf waiting to be played with, music instruments tucked in the corner cubby (I put them there secretly hoping they’d get less attention than the books. Which did not work.). It’s nap time now. Our home is in a suspended state when The Boy is resting. I click quietly on my keyboard. The cat naps next to me with one eye open. We’re all waiting for nap time to be over. A bit on edge. I really enjoy these quiet moments.

It’s been nearly three years since The Boy came into the world. And, I’ve adjusted to my new lifestyle fairly well. Some days, I miss the freedoms that I had before I became a parent. I used to love dashing off on a moments notice to meet a friend for lunch. Some days, I miss the disposable income that I had, too. I used to get so excited for the new handbags to come out each season. These days, I love eating peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches with The Boy and buying him the cutest clothing.

Everyone jumps in to parenting not knowing what to expect. No matter how many movies you see, books you read, parents you observe, you can never be prepared for the experience. You heart is full of so much love, I often wonder how I am able to contain it.

Remember, it’s a rough sport. But the trophy is well worth it.

What are some things about parenting that you didn’t expect?

What what NaBloPoMo is all about? NaBloPoMo was created by the brilliants minds at BlogHer and is a month long blogging challenge to encourage you to write daily about a specific prompt. Today’s prompt was “What is something you recently jumped into?” If you’re a blogger and want to participate, sign ups are open until June 5.

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About Emily Stephens

Emily is an eco-minded freelance writer and social media enthusiast who loves photography, crafts, spicy foods, and well-made margaritas. Emily lives on Cape Cod with her husband and son.

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  1. It’s so funny how quickly we are able to adjust into the new mom lifestyle. I find myself wondering what was life like and what did I actually do with my time and money before our little man. Every day is a new adventure and I too enjoy those simple pleasures of playing with legos or just bopping around to music. This too will eventually evolve and in 20 years we will again be jumping into a new lifestyle, embracing ourselves once again.

    • My husband & I were talking about this just the other day. Before The Boy was born, we lived in a different state, drove different cars, wore different sized clothing (yikes!), and had such different interests than we do today. It’s amazing how everything changes in such a short period of time!

  2. Isn’t being a mommy the best thing EVER?! I too have my moments where I wonder how it all happened and I am brought back with a loud “momma” from my boys…that is the best word ever!
    Sofia recently shared..Jumping In! {#NaBloPoMo}My Profile

  3. I hope its okay to comment here, as I’m not a kid parent, but a puppy parent.
    I know its not the same, but i never expected sickness, sleepless nights, and the fear of losing her i’d have!
    krystle recently shared..Day 2: What is something you recently jumped into? #NabloPoMoMy Profile

  4. I never knew how hard, rewarding, and emotional being a parent would be… I don’t think anyone can possibly prepare for parenting, you have to experience it to understand!
    Camille recently shared..Monday Blog Hop!!!!! #1 :D My Profile

    • I agree! Being a parent is more demanding than anything I’ve done before. I think that is because I want to ensure that my little one grows up to be an amazing man with a kind heart and generous spirit.

  5. There’s absolutely nothing that can prepare you for motherhood. I’m a child psychologist and if anyone should have been prepared, you’d think it would be me. Nope. Not so much. I was just as lost as everyone else:) There were SO many things that I knew were typical of motherhood, but swore they wouldn’t happen to me. Like, I was convinced I would still be able to resemble my former self, but I’d just have a baby. I really believe we’d be able to tote an infant into the middle of the dessert to camp (it’s a bit more feasible now that he’s older, but an infant…).

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”
    The Mommy Psychologist recently shared..It’s Okay Not To Have More ChildrenMy Profile

    • And just when you think you know what you’re doing, the kids change! They learn something new, achieve a “milestone”, etc – then you’re right back at square one!

  6. Alicia K says:

    reading this has gotten me excited to someday be a parent. Challenging but rewarding!
    Alicia K recently shared..Plum District Deal – 2 Days Left!My Profile

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