10 things you didn't expect about parenthood

No matter how prepared you are there will always be some things that take you by surprise

I read the books, watched the programmes and even took notes in our antenatal classes.
But do you think I was prepared for having a baby? Absolutely not. 
Some of it was of no surprise. There were dirty nappies, hunger and not a whole lot of sleeping. 
There were many things that I really was not expecting though. The weird, the wonderful and the utterly bizarre. 
  • You will suddenly have a new found appreciation for parent and child car-spaces. You drive towards them eagerly waiting to see a person with no child parking there. You have to stop yourself from shouting out the window sometimes. 
  • You talk about Poo as if it were the weather. It is a very normal topic these days. 
  • You notice your partner referring to you as “Mammy”, even when the baby is not around.
  • Baby rice? Puree? Biscuits? Somehow all of these items seem to require the taste-test from you.  Before you know it you’ve eaten half of your child’s meal. 
  • It may take a solid thirty minutes to discover that you and your partner have been watching Ben And Holly long after your child has gone to bed. 
  • Your child might nap at similar times each day. A day where you are relying on the nap time to do something? They will refuse. Likewise can be said for a day you need to be somewhere on time– they will of course nap for longer than normal. Sods law. 
  • It will feel perfectly acceptable to eat lunch at 11am. In a previous life you would not have even risen from the bed at that time. 
  • You wonder what you did before you had children. You could have built an empire.  
  • You will be able to survive and function on an insanely small amount of sleep. 
  • You will feel proud of everything they do. Don’t they just hiccup so perfectly?
Written by Tracey, mummy blogger and staff with www.familyfriendlyhq.ie
Check out her own blog at love-of-living.blogspot.ie

Tracey Quinn

Proud mum of two who got married on Don't Tell The Bride and had an accidental home-birth (loves a good story). She's passionate about breastfeeding, positive thinking & all things cosy.

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