In no particular order:
…being a mommy means no vacation, even when your hubby is on vacation. There are always bottles to wash, diapers to change and bedtimes to maintain.
…sleep training is SO important, but SO hard to do. We had LM sleeping pretty well, and then he quit. Then he started sleeping through the night again. Then he quit. The doc said today a pattern like that is normal. So here we go again with sleep training.
…once you become a mother, anything that has to do with any child getting hurt breaks your heart.
…you cannot protect your child from life’s inevitable pain…even if it’s something little like falling down while learning to stand.
…there are so many broken miserable people in this world. How will I ever protect my son from bitter hateful people? And why can’t people – all of us are broken in some fashion, by the way – why can’t people just be nice to each other?????
…afternoon naps for little ones are very important.
…when you become a stay at home mommy, sometimes you really must stay at home, because baby needs a nap and his schedule must be maintained.
…I have wonderful mommy friends who love me and pray for me (don’t know that there’s anything particularly hard about learning that…).
…God really does speak in a still, small voice. And when there is no silence or space in your life, it’s really hard to hear Him.
…Baby boys will pee all over you, at least once a week.
…separation anxiety is real and has nothing to do with the the bond other people have with your child.
…babble can almost sound like English.
…people will stare at multi-ethnic families and make comments that are borderline innapropriate. In the grocery store. Very loudly. While you decide whether to comment in return, run away, or make some sarcastic response. And then you realize you only have a few more months (maybe) before your son understands these comments and you have to figure out what to say to him.
…while talking about raising children who have character, you have the added pressure of bringing up a child of color who had better have extra-super character, because he’ll face racism a lot, and he’ll need to have a good character and reputation to fight off people’s negativity and stupidity.
…things always look worse with little sleep. They tend to look better after more sleep. So sleep when you can. Like now 🙂