Babies are exhausting; even the most calm babies cry when put in their crib all alone. They smell good (like maple syrup if you’re Jude) and they cling to you like mini koala bears and that’s a little addictive. Babies are completely addictive. Your friends babies will feel like your babies until you have a baby and then you’ll be like, whoa! My own baby is AWESOMER. That’s not a word- but it’s the truth.
Toddlers are tough and ask 100 million questions.They’re cute to strangers and you spend a lot of time trying to find you within them, only to see that they are 100% you- if you had no filter, didn’t care what anyone walking this Earth thought of you, and if you didn’t know everything you were “supposed” to be. They don’t get gender roles, which is why a 3 year old girl will quickly sass, boss, and throw attitude your way. You apologize and quickly regret apologizing and then look that same little girl dead in the eye and say “live your life like a very strong woman or a very gay man- be interesting.”
Work is fun, but it’s work. Work out of the home, in the home, around the home- it’s all hard work. Work/life balance is nearly never balanced, but don’t let that stop you from trying to get it right. You can do it. You can do anything.
Husbands are kind, and sometimes miss the early train home and sometimes that’s really really tough. Then you see them walking up the street and it’s as if God sent manna and honey down from heaven. You’ll think thank God he’s here. You’ll feel so relieved but truthfully you just want their company- because kids don’t ask their Dad for anything, it’s like a rule or something.
Motherhood is overwhelming. You have these small children who need you constantly for EVERY LITTLE THING and you want to throw a fit right next to them, and then you want your own Mommy. And then you look at their little faces and you can’t remember sleepless nights or the fact that 10 minutes ago they screamed at you over the wrong water cup, and all you can think is where did you come from you weird and wonderful little creature?
Motherhood is unforgiving, never ending, and completely amazing all at once. If a hospital offers you drugs, take them. My kids were both natural births but if it’s much nicer to come into this world to a calm Mama and no screaming- think about it.
Overall enjoy your life where ever you are right in this moment. If you are not happy right now, in this instant, with whatever you have- you will not be happy with much much more. Be interesting. That’s my advice. Drop the mic.