Isn’t it funny how we all used to imagine what life would be like as a mom? A lot of us said, “I’m not going to yell at my kids.” Or “I’m not going to be that mom whose house is a mess all the time.” Do you ever just look back and laugh? Yeah, me too. Let’s be real for a minute… here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly truth about motherhood.
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The Honest Truth About Motherhood
The problem with being a mom is that you have been blessed with the greatest gift of all, and with great power comes great responsibility. You can’t experience something amazing without putting in the work.
Luckily, the pros outweigh the cons at the end of the day. Well… most days anyway.
The craziest part is that a lot of us moms really do try our hardest! We try to always make the best decisions for our children.
Whether we vaccinate or not, circumcise or not, let our kids watch tv or not, feed our kids McDonald’s… we all parent differently. And that should be okay…
But no matter what side you’re on, someone is always there to hate on your decisions. Regardless of whatever your controversial decision making may be, I think we can ALL agree on the good, the bad, and the ugly truth about motherhood.
Let’s Start With the Good Things About Motherhood, Shall We?
I don’t think there is anything cooler than how babies are made. Seriously, we create life! You grow something from nothing, and it continues to grow and grow until it is a fully functional human being.
If that’s not the coolest job ever, then I don’t know what is. And after all that creation, you develop this absolute, unconditional love. It’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before. No matter the situation, you’d give up your life in a heartbeat for this tiny human.
The first time they smile will bring you unexplainable joy. Their first laugh literally melts your heart. With every new milestone they reach, you will experience such excitement, followed by a slight sadness. Nothing is more bittersweet than watching your baby grow up.
That Brings Us to the Bad Things About Motherhood…
Let me start by saying, it’s difficult to admit that parenting is hard. It’s kind of like when someone gives you a present and you complain about it not being exactly what you wanted. Like, why can’t you just be grateful you got the gift in the first place, right?
People who don’t have kids often expect you to never complain about being a parent because “it was our choice to have kids”, or “it’s a blessing that not everyone is given.” And while we completely agree that it’s amazing, that doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to talk about how hard it is.
Because it’s really hard! And because mom-shaming seems to be the new thing, we’re all terrified to even talk about our struggles. But whether or not we admit it, we all know just how difficult it really is.
Let’s start from the very beginning. Pregnancy usually sucks. You wanna puke, cry, and eat weird food.
Labor is terrifying. I don’t care how high your pain tolerance is, whether you’re going natural or not, it’s scary. Then you get home, and you’re like sweet, the hard part is over with. HA. You’re paranoid, sleep deprived, irritable, and everything else. You can’t figure out why your baby’s crying, nothing is working.
And then BOOM, you’re into the toddler stage. You’re so excited that they finally have the desire for some independence. That is, until you have to wait twenty minutes for them to put on their own shoes because God forbid you try to help them.
And don’t forget the tantrums. The leaving of your grocery cart in the middle of the aisle while you run out to the car, and the bribery to get them to settle down in the restaurant (I don’t care who you are, we all bribe our kids from time to time).
Then they move their way up in the world and start going to school. They want your help with homework and you have no idea what the heck they’re even learning about because apparently, the way we used to do math wasn’t good enough so that had to make it “better”.
They start talking back and staying out too late. They basically lose all respect for you and your opinions, because they clearly know more than you. Luckily, this all comes back to bite them when they get older and realize how much of a little crap they were.
No matter their age, it’s hard. Those moms who act like they have their life together and everything’s perfect, are just putting on a show. They cry into their pillow just as much as the rest of us.
As Promised, It’s Time for the Ugly Truth About Motherhood
Motherhood is such a rollercoaster of emotions. You never feel like you’re good enough, you always feel like it could have been better.
But the sad part is, the ugliest part of parenting isn’t even while you’re raising your kids. It’s when you’re done. All those days you spent just waiting for it to be over, begging them to just fall asleep so you can try again tomorrow to do it “right.” The days that just drug on and on.
And you ask yourself, “How is it that the days were so long, but the years were so short?” How can your baby have grown so quickly?
You wish you could take back all of your complaining, and all the times you wished they’d get out of a rough phase. You’d do anything to turn back time and do it over again. You’re not ready for your child to take care of themselves. How are you suppose to sleep at night not knowing what they’re doing, where they’re at, or who they’re with?
All you can do is have faith that you did your job right.
Oh, motherhood. You are the most difficult yet wonderful, heart wrenching yet beautiful, most amazingly hard job that anyone can ever have. And yet, as mothers, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
After you read this, go give your babies a hug. Hold them tight and just take advantage of the joys of motherhood, because we all know it won’t last nearly long enough.
And THAT is the good, the bad, and the ugly truth about motherhood.
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