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10 Things I Thought Moms Were Exaggerating Until I Became One

By Guerrillamom @mariaguido
I’ve admitted before that I was a waaaaay better parent before I actually became one. Witnessing the way some of my friends were dealing with motherhood, I was silently smug with the idea that the whole thing would be a breeze for me. I was wrong.I would like to officially apologize to all of the women I silently judged before I became a mother. You have no idea who you are, because I would never have voiced such things – but I really thought you were all exaggerating about how tough certain things can be. I’m dealing with my karma now. I accept it. Here are a few of the many things I didn’t believe about motherhood:1. How much it hurts to breastfeed.10 Things I Thought Moms Were Exaggerating Until I Became OneI thought it was the most natural thing in the world and of course the baby would just instinctively know how to latch right and it would be happily ever after. Funny. I paid for this assumption with sore, cracked nipples.2. The whole “lack of sleep” thing.10 Things I Thought Moms Were Exaggerating Until I Became OneI really thought the lack of sleep thing was exaggerated for comedic effect in pregnancy rom-coms. It’s not. There’s something about not having an uninterrupted night of sleep for a few years that changes a person. I’m probably dumber than I was before I gave birth.3. How hard it is to get a kid to eat sometimes.10 Things I Thought Moms Were Exaggerating Until I Became OneJust feed him what you’re eating and if he doesn’t it eat it – oh well. A kid is not going to starve himself! Shut the fuck up, me.4. The importance of naps.10 Things I Thought Moms Were Exaggerating Until I Became OneI always thought my friends who were adamant about their kid’s nap schedules were going overboard. Now I see it’s one of the only times in a day when I get some time to myself. I get it. That is important.
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