“There are some things that only moms understand.” I have heard this more than a few times before becoming a mother. I never understood. You know, the problem with youngsters is that they think they have it all figured out. And then you grow up, have a kid on your own and you realize you know nothing. You don’t know what tired means until you have a baby. You thought your friend was needy and self-centered? Try living with a toddler constantly asking for attention. Or snacks. You thought bathroom privacy is a given human right. And here you are today, trying to use the toilet with a kid and a dog staring at you.
So, being a mother now, I can state with confidence that there really are things that only moms understand.
1. Drinking warm coffee is a luxury. You can probably count the times you finished your coffee while it was still hot.
2. The pure bliss when your kids eat your food. Having toddlers in the house means making many many meals. Most of them end up on the floor, on the couch and sadly, on the walls of your house. So making a meal your kids love and actually eat gives you utter joy.
3. When you just cleaned the whole house and you hear toys being spilled out of the plastic boxes you use to avoid stepping on them. That sound makes my hair go up. The sigh afterwards, knowing there is nothing you can do and the house will be a mess in a matter of minutes..only moms can understand that sigh.
4. Going through life with few to zero hours of sleep. You thought going out and drinking all night leaves you incapable of adulting? Try keeping a child alive after taking care of his needs all night long. And keep doing this for months. This is a new level of tired that no partying can prepare you for. Only moms understand you and can empathize when you say that your baby is teething and you haven’t slept for two weeks straight.
5. Probably only moms can understand, especially new moms, the definition of the phrase “touched out”. You spend your whole day with a kid attached to you. You either carry them, nurse them, or they want to hug you (read kick you), kiss you, bite you, and yes, even lick you. I have been running away from my child that wants to lick me. And it’s not even weird anymore. You casually say stop licking my legs, and go on with your life cause that is your “normal” now. Watching a movie with a kid and the dog laying on top of you is how you roll. You are lucky if you have nobody’s feet in your face. By the end of the day you want nobody touching you, nobody going near you cause you are touched out for the day.
6. The rage you feel towards musical toys. Any toy that makes a sound. Especially the dolls that sing “Let it go”. I started hiding any noise making toys on the top of the kitchen counters. I am sure I am not the only one doing this. Anyone else can relate?
7. Only moms understand that the privilege of showering alone for five minutes equals a spa day. If you manage to wash your hair and nobody gets hurt and the house is not on fire, then you got it. When you become a mom, you learn how to be extremely efficient and thus your showers last like 3 minutes tops.
8. Only moms understand, or maybe just the lazy ones like me do, that folding and ironing you clothes is a luxury and is only to be done for special occasions, like weddings for example. I really don’t understand how some moms manage to look so decent and clean. Maybe they have some super powers that I obviously don’t posses.
9. Falling asleep five minutes after you put on a movie to watch. And the constant battle of being tired and wanting to sleep and wanting some alone time when the kids are finally asleep. Actually I think that my whole life revolves around the never ending cycle of needing some quite time in the evening and regretting it in the morning.
10. Running errands alone is like a mini vacation now that you are a mom. Shopping for groceries by yourself and the fact that you can process your thoughts like a normal person without anyone crying for a lolly can be such a relaxing experience. You carefully plan it and engage every available family member so that you can go out for an hour to get your hair done because, lets be honest, your sanity depends on that one hour alone without your kids.
11. The pure joy of hanging with your mom friend sipping wine and chatting about how tired you are while your kids wreck the house. This is the best therapy for each and everything, and a one you actually enjoy. By the way, share this with your bestie who helps you survive motherhood and completely understands what you are dealing with every-single-day.
My Quiet Spot
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