April 13, 2016

10 Things I Didn't Know I Didn't Know Before I Had Kids


I was not a big follower of the “what to expect when…” genre of books on motherhood.

(Now: if you are or were a follower, that is 100% fine and please don't bail on me quite yet.)

It's just that those books lost me when they talked about how once or twice during nine months of pregnancy, an expectant mom could "splurge" and have a scoop of frozen yogurt with a drizzle of fat-free chocolate syrup. Splurge. Because, hello, I was the kind of mom-under-construction who was having two scoops of premium triple-chocolate with full-on hot fudge sauce at least once a week, thank you very much.

No, I was really looking for a different kind of par
enting book. What to Expect When You're Expecting Something That Will Change Your Life Forever and Turn You Into an Utterly Different Human Being, maybe?

Which would actually be a very short book, because no one can tell a new mom-to-be what motherhood will be like. And even if they tried, that mom-in-waiting wouldn't believe it. 

Maybe it's because my oldest is getting ready for her senior year and I'm feeling all nostalgic and sappy and introspective, but I realized the other day that there was a lot I didn't know in my Days B.C. (Before Children). 

I've got items 1-10 of that lot up on Her View From Home today. Honestly, it would make my week (at least) if you'd head over and check them out. And while you're there, will you tell me what you've realized you didn't know before you became a mom? Please don't leave me alone in my confessions of ignorance here. Thanks, mama.




*This post may have been shared at some of these blog bashes.*

12 comments:

  1. I am totally with you on the everyday ice cream during pregnancy! My thought was that it's the only time it's actually okay to be "fat" so I milked it for all it was worth...LOL! Heading over to check out your post right now...

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    1. Heehee...love it, Lisa! We are like-minded mamas for sure! Thanks so much for taking time to stop by my little slice of the mom blog pie AND for taking the trip to Her View From Home! Bless you! (P.S. You deserve some ice cream.)

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  2. Going over to comment on the other blog, but I want to invite you to a new link party that I'm hosting called Sweet Inspiration. I would love to have you join us it is from Friday to Tuesday.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the trip over to Her View From Home, Mary...I just replied to your comment there. And thank you for the lovely party invite. I'm there right now! :)

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  3. Reading baby and pregnancy books - I still feel so under prepared! I think that you are right, there is nothing that can really prepare us for having kids.

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    1. You'll be wonderful, Annabelle! I've found that the moms who are worried about not doing a good job as parents are the ones who are doing the best jobs. And God uses our weakness in mothering to make us aware of His perfect strength like nothing else can! ;) Blessings on you, mama-in-the-making!

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  4. This is great Elizabeth! I think your list mirrors mine in many ways! Thank you for sharing this at the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :) And yes, frozen yogurt was eaten every day of my pregnant life! It was purely protein for the baby of course!

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    1. Protein. For the baby. Absolutely. Because you were a dedicated, committed mother even before the baby was born! ;) Heehee...I love it. Thank you for the laugh and for the encouragement tonight--and for hosting the Art of Homemaking Mondays!

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  5. Trying to read your post, but so distracted by your bio...." the last time I tried to DIY...well, let's just say it turned into a blog post." hahaha I can so relate. :D

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    1. 1. I'm so, so sorry you can relate, Mary. 2. Yes, it was ugly. Weeping and gnashing of teeth and all that. Which is why we eat A LOT of chocolate-chip cookies around here. I'm just so much better with cookie dough than I am with paint. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  6. Ahahaha "BC..." ;P Headed over to read your post! Thank you for sharing at #FridayFrivolity... pinning and tweeting!

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    1. Heehee, right, Sarah Eliza?! Sometimes I also refer to it as my "pre-k" life. ;) Thanks for catching that and for pinning and tweeting! You #FridayFrivolity girls are the best.

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I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to tell me what you really think. Years ago, I explained to my then-two-year that my appointment with a counselor was "sort of like going to a doctor who will help me be a better mommy." Without blinking, she replied, "You'd better go every day." All of which is just to say I've spent some time in the school of brutal honesty!