And now the moment you've all been waiting for...
My 100 Things post...but with a twist!
Instead of 100 things about me (which I know you were dying to read), this is all about motherhood and the wonderful, crazy, surprising things that come along with it. As I "tackled" this monumentous feat (over the last few days), I was reminded of my past posts and a few from other bloggin' mamas so check out the linky love!
Once you make it through this LONG list (I promise it won't take as long for you to read it as it took for me to write it), I'd love to hear what it was that surprised you most...and be sure to enter my 1st giveaway!
So here we go!
100 Things Nobody Told Me About Motherhood...
1. mustard poop
2. daily diaper blowouts (usually right when you are walking out the door.)
3. Circumcision care is nerve racking.
4. “projectile” spit-up
5. I’d change the baby’s clothes at least 3 times a day.
6. I would change my clothes at least 3 times a day.
7. never-ending laundry
8. Dreft is overrated. (ALL Free & Clear is good too & half the price!)
9. Clorox Bleach for colors would become my best friend.
10. I would understand why Kate gets so freaked out about stain removal.
11. My belly button would never be the same again.
12. lopsided b00bs
13. Breastfeeding could be so painful.
14. Breastfeeding would become so natural.
15. Some people would be so supportive.
16. Some would be so insensitive.
17. Weaning would be harder for me than for the baby.
18. I’d feel like a walking zombie. (My kids didn’t sleep through the night until they were 9-10 months old.)
19. I would fall asleep standing up.
20. I would fall asleep nursing.
21. There's nothing I'd love more than snuggling my sleeping baby against my chest.
22. There are SO MANY sleep methods. (I probably read all of the books! Jodi Mindell’s book worked best for me.)
23. There’s so much DEBATE surrounding sleep methods.
24. “Nap when the baby’s napping” is great advice, but becomes pretty much impossible when you have a toddler too.
25. I would consider checking into a hotel just to get a good night's sleep!
26. So many people would tell me “You look tired.” I KNOW! Do ya really have to rub it in?
27. Co-sleeping (at some point) is inevitable.
28. I would appreciate my mother so much more.
29. I'd learn to do all kinds of things with one hand like…
30. … eat
31. … do laundry
32. ….go to the bathroom
34. …make breakfast
35. …make lunch
36. …make dinner
37. Some mornings, I’d forget to brush my teeth.
38. Some evenings, I’d be too tired to brush my teeth.
39. A trip to the dentist without the kids could be relaxing (unless you’re getting a crown…)
40. A five minute shower would be a luxury.
41. 2-n-1 shampoo and conditioner becomes a time-saving necessity.
42. My curling iron would collect dust.
43. Make-up application would take less than two minutes.
44. My toenails would be neglected.
45. Pedicures would be so therapeutic.
46. Going to the park would be so exhausting.
47. Going to the grocery store would be so exhausting.
48. Free cookies at the store’s bakery would be a godsend…(distracts the kiddos for at least 5 minutes.)
49. Going pretty much anywhere with two little kids would be so exhausting.
50. I would suffer from The Shoe Shoppin' Blues.
51. Five o’clock is the bewitching hour…
52. …that is, until Daddy comes home. (They love their daddy!)
53. I would break my promise not to own a minivan.
54. I would grow to like my minivan (of course, it’s no Mustang.)
55. My van would be forever littered with Goldfish crackers, Happy Meal toys, empty juice boxes, etc…etc…etc…
56. Removing and washing a car seat cover is more complicated than it looks.
57. There’s nothing cuter than a kiddo zonked out in his car seat.
58. Going to the bathroom alone is a rarity.
59. Having a complete thought is a rarity.
60. Talking on the phone causes mass chaos. (unless you give the kids a piece of gum, but mine are still too young for that.)
61. Sometimes moms just need chocolate (or ice cream or a Crepe Diablotin).
62. A kid will eat anything dipped in Ranch dressing…almost.
63. All chicken nuggets are not created equal.
64. I would let my kids have ice cream before dinner...once in awhile.
65. “Poo-poo” and/or “pee-pee” would be mentioned on an hourly basis.
66. Potty training could be considered cruel and unusual punishment. (for the mama not the kiddo.)
67. Timing is everything.
68. There are such things as blueberry diapers.
69. Poop art may adorn the walls. (Luckily this hasn’t happened in our house yet…ugh!)
70. I would have “Mommy Dearest” moments.
71. I’d watch the Today show maybe 20 minutes a week.
72. I’d be oblivious to the latest news headlines…
73. …or what music is topping the charts…
74. …or who is starring in the latest blockbuster movie.
75. But I would know all the characters and the theme song to Blue’s Clues…
76. and Dora…
77. and Wonder Pets…
78. and Backyardigans…
79. and Max and Ruby. (My kids LOVE this show!)
80. Nick Jr. and Noggin would become my two favorite channels.
81. I would avoid Barney like the plague.
82. I’d listen to the Baby Genius Nursery Rhymes CD probably 100 times.
83. My CDs would collect dust.
84. I’d sing karaoke with my kids.
85. My two-year old boy would wail out 80’s love songs…”Baaaaaaaaby, yeah, yeahhhhhhhhhh, yeah, yeah.”
86. There would be an obstacle course of toys, blocks, balls, etc…in my house.
87. Some days it could take an hour and a half to unload the dishwasher.
88. Little boys travel at the speed of light.
89. I would seriously contemplate how to nail the chairs to the kitchen floor to keep my boy from scooting them over to the counter 15 times a day. (Any ideas?)
90. I’d use WWF moves while trying to change a diaper.
91. My kids would climb on me like a human jungle gym.
92. I would give in to my daughter’s pleas for a pet…against my better judgement. (yes, we are getting a fish.)
93. I would laugh more than ever before.
94. I would cry when my kids got their shots. (I make Daddy come with us.)
95. I would cry when signing Abby up for preschool (just signing her up…she hasn’t even gone yet. I’m such a sap.)
96. I’d get weepy packing up outgrown baby clothes.
97. Time would fly by so fast. (People did tell me this, but I didn't realize...)
98. It was possible to love so deeply and selflessly...a kind of love I could have never imagined.
99. I'd lose my mind….
100. …but I would find my soul. (adapted from quote by Lisa T. Shepherd)
As much as I would love to treat you to a Crepe Diablotin for your heroic efforts as a mom (and for reading this post), I don't think it would fare too well in the mail so instead I'm giving away this inspiring book...
Moms need a little "chicken soup" once in awhile to lift our spirits and remind us how important our roles are as mothers.
So leave a comment and share your biggest motherhood surprise by Saturday the 30th and a winner will be announced on Monday, September 1st. Wow...it's September, already?
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