And then add in grocery bags or shopping bags, dogs pulling on leashes, the baby on your hip when you take her out of the stroller, the bright sun and heat of August. I swear I am usually dripping in sweat even when we've just gone out to Food Lion for a can of corn. Babies are tiny, but they take an enormous amount of physical strength and energy to get from point A to point B due to the fact that they are lazy (that and they lack the ability to walk, although still I blame lack of work ethic primarily). I cannot wait until I am old and feeble and I get my payback by having Ryland push me through the mall in a wheelchair. Even if I am perfectly able to walk, I will rent a wheelchair just for the satisfaction.
3. There is Pinterest parenting, and then there is real life parenting. Comparing the two will make you feel like a loser. So I went through something similar to this with wedding planning. Pinterest will drive you crazy if you are planning a wedding (or really any party) because somehow the people who post on Pinterest just do everything perfectly (or at least photograph it that way). Everything is beautiful and detailed and flawless. And then you do the same thing in real life and it looks like a 3rd grade arts and craft project. There are a lot of parenting posts on Pinterest that will make you feel the same way. For example tummy time. Here is what Pinterest expects tummy time to look like.
The bottom line is that Pinteresting can be hazardous to your mental wellbeing as a new parent. Do it with caution. And a healthy amount of realistic expectations. I cannot even imagine what Martha Stewart levels of ridiculousness I will come across when the time comes to search Pinterest for children's birthday parties.
4. Single working moms (or dads) are super heros.
Like no joke. SUPER HEROS. I bow down to you. I am in awe of you. I do not know how you do it. On the days that my husband and I both work, I will get home around 4 (my husband usually won't be home until 8 or 9), say bye to my mom (who has been watching Ryland), and then literally lack the energy to do anything else for the rest of the day that is not essential to keeping my daughter alive. I do not cook dinner on these days. I do not clean the house on these days. I do nothing except maybe call for pizza delivery and pour myself a glass of wine.
I'm so tired after working that it is everything I have to feed my baby and change her diapers. I just don't see how women who are working and raising kids on their own do this every. single. day. I don't see how you can go straight from work to parenting every single day without the help of anyone else.
You guys are just incredible. I hope you know that.
5. So this was originally going to be a list of 5 points, but the baby just woke up from her nap (it's been over a week since we had a morning nap longer than 45 minutes, sigh), and as I've realized with parenting you just have to roll with things and be FLEXIBLE. Okay so fine I guess that is a fifth lesson. Short and sweet, but true.
Have a great weekend everyone!