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20 Things I "Get" Now That I'm a Parent
I know there is nothing more irritating when you aren’t a parent than being told, “You won’t understand until you have kids of your own.”
But, now, with two little ones of my own, I have a whole new understanding of some things that seemed a little bit incomprehensible to me when I didn’t have kids.
Here are 20 things that I “get” now:
Before I had kids, I thought Target was fine. Now? It’s my favorite place to go. I can pick up laundry detergent and jam, grab new bodysuits for the baby, and let my toddler check out the toy aisle. It’s like heaven.
#2: I can run on way less sleep than I expected
I used to think I was tired when I got 8 solid hours a night. And I wondered how I would ever survive having babies that didn’t sleep through the night. Turns out, it’s not nearly as bad as I expected.
#3: I understand that babbling
Before I had kids, I’d listen to other kids and think, “What in the world are you saying?” Now, I can understand 99% of what my toddler says and am surprised when other people can’t.
#4: Diapers are not that big of a deal
Seriously, almost all diapers don’t phase me at all. I don’t even think about it.
#5: Television makes a great babysitter
I never thought I’d let my children watch any television until they were much older. But, guess what? On occasion, it works like a charm.
#6: When it's my child covered in food, it's darling
Even now, when I see other children covered in sticky food, I’m a little grossed out. But my own children? It’s pretty adorable.
#7: I really do think my child is the cutest thing ever
I’m sorry! I can’t help it.
#8: Being Late
I didn’t really understand how children could make you late. Now? I understand why babies make you late (and hope my friends understand too).
#9: How to do anything one-handed
When I first tried out my stroller, I couldn’t fold it up, even with my mom’s help. Now I can do that in the dark, holding a baby and a heavy diaper bag. No problem!
#10: The house is clean for 5 minutes. Maybe.
I used to think, “How much mess can a baby make?” Then I had one. And the effort it takes to keep my house semi-presentable has quadrupled.
#11: Picky Eating
I thought picky eating was just lazy parenting. Now I know that for most kids picky eating is just part of their development and maturation. And sometimes you just don’t want to fight one more battle at dinnertime.
#12: Bad tantrums happen to good parents
I do not judge parents at the grocery store who are dealing with a melting down little one. Sometimes it’s just unavoidable.
#13: Bedtime is sacred
I thought it was such a bummer to have to get your kids home for an early bedtime. Now, I’m that mom who doesn’t fool around with bedtime. (Also, I love it that we can go out for an early activity, then still have the whole evening to do other things at home after the girls are in bed).
#14: That I'd really love my baby THAT much
I was dubious, since I’m not really a kid person. But my own babies? I love them more than I’d have ever thought possible.
#15: Getting out the door is no quick feat
When I get out the door in less than ten minutes? I feel like a super hero.
#16: Anyone who loves your child is a great friend
I had no idea how much I would love people who loved my children.
#17: Waking up at 8 a.m. is sleeping in
I had no idea that waking up at 8 am would feel like sleeping in. But it does (or, I assume it would, if I ever slept in that long. . . ).
#18: Eating treats in the pantry (or the locked bathroom)
Want to eat a cookie without someone begging for a taste? Better find somewhere very hidden.
#19: Ugly outfits? Who cares!
As my toddler started to want to dress herself, I let her wear outfits out of the house I never would have imagined I’d allow. And I thought it was cute!
#20: Babies can make things more fun
When people used to say this to me, I thought, “HOW?!” But now I recognize how magical they make holidays and even every day life.