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?
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