Parenthood. It’s full of surprises—good and bad. I’ve now been a parent for 6 whole months and these are the main things I hadn’t expected.
5 things I didn’t expect about parenthood:
1. How tiring it would be
By tiring, I don’t just mean physically tiring. Although the physical tiredness is phenomenal. Sometimes I feel like one of those cartoon characters who puts match sticks under their eyelids to keep them open. Parenting is also ridiculously mentally tiring. There’s nothing more draining than a grizzly baby who seemingly has nothing wrong. And being stuck in the house all day with a sick baby and no other company can be hard.
2. How guilty you’d feel about everything
#mumguilt. There is literally not a single thing I haven’t felt guilty about at some point. Some of it slightly valid (when he learnt to roll off the sofa—I definitely shouldn’t have risked leaving him there), some of it definitely not so (for example the irrational guilt I feel about his eczema). If you told me before I had Jacob, I wouldn’t believe it was possible to feel so guilty about so many things.
3. How much stuff babies have
Before the baby was born, I was determined the whole house wouldn’t be taken over by baby stuff. How can a small person need that much stuff anyway? Ha. It now looks like Mothercare vomited in my house. We have piles and piles of outgrown baby clothes to sort. And don’t get me started on the monstrosity that is the Jumperoo, taking over half the living room (although it is AMAZING for keeping him entertained).
4. How quickly time goes
I can’t believe how fast the first 6 months have gone. Everyone tells you it will go fast, but somehow you don’t believe them. Jacob isn’t a little baby anymore. He’s a big, robust, almost-crawling, little boy.
5. How worth it everything is
Being a parent is so hard, but so worth it. I hadn’t really grasped how much I’d love my baby before he was born. Despite everything, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What things surprised you about being a parent?