9 Thoughts You’ve Probably Had While Parenting
Oh, motherhood. It has its highs and lows, and there never seems to be anything in between. Thoughts of new mothers like yourself often range between extremes, from adoring love to absolute frustration. Here are nine thoughts practically every mom has had about her new little infant:
1. â€śIâ€™m a superhero.â€ť
After nine months of developing a tiny human being â€“ not to mention however many grueling hours spent delivering it into the world â€“ youâ€™re bound to feel like you can handle anything. Itâ€™s an awesome feeling when that emotion is fueled by everything you do right â€“ when you correctly guess whether your baby is hungry, gassy or just missing her toy, when she latches on during the first try, when she and your long-time pet companion bond instantly. Motherhood isnâ€™t so bad, is it?
2. â€śI am the worst mother in the history of mothers.â€ť
Then, of course, something goes wrong, and being a mom turns into a nightmare. One night your baby wonâ€™t stop crying, and you start to wonder if youâ€™re cut out for this. Not only that, but soon youâ€™ll start to think that everything youâ€™ve done is wrong. Youâ€™ll question your birthing choices, your parenting style, even the color of the teddy bear you chose and quickly conclude that youâ€™re the worst mother, ever. This anxiety is normal, if a little frustrating, but trust us: Youâ€™re a much better mother than you think you are.
3. â€śBeing a mom is the best.â€ť
Nothing on earth is more amazing than seeing your baby smile. When that giggly face is directed at you seemingly out of nowhere, well, itâ€™ll make you feel sky-high. You were born for this: to raise a baby into a model child, teenager and adult; to go to mommy-and-me yoga; to impress the other neighborhood moms with your amazing prowess. You are, in a word, exceptional.
4. â€śBeing a mom sucks. Can I get a refund?â€ť
Except, of course, for when you realize that nothing is worse than cleaning up a dirty diaper while your face is covered in vomit. And where did that snot come from: you or your baby, who canâ€™t seem to get over his cold? When will your body stop feeling like a strangerâ€™s? How many more months until your baby sleeps through the night? Come to think of it, what does a good night of sleep feel like?
5. â€śDid I put this together right?â€ť
Whether itâ€™s a crib, a car seat, a baby bouncer or all three, chances are that something you bought requires assembly. Even if you follow all the instructions to a T and watched the how-to video to boot, chances are youâ€™ll randomly feel insecure about your skills as a carpenter. Fear not â€“ thousands of people assemble baby products every single day without incident. In fact, your parents did so, and you turned out perfectly fine. Youâ€™ve got this.
6. â€śI can eat again!â€ť
Caffeine addicts and sushi lovers rejoice: Your favorite foods are back on the menu. That said, you shouldnâ€™t go drinking like a college student or downing three lattes in a row if you plan to breastfeed. Also, keep in mind that some foods change the flavor of your breast milk, which your little one may not like.
7. â€śI donâ€™t have time to eat anymore!â€ť
Of course, just because you can eat your favorite foods doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™ll have time to enjoy them. When youâ€™ve got diapers to change, laundry to wash and a baby to feed, even ordering takeout seems to take too much time. At that point, you might start eyeing the baby formula â€“ easy to make and consume.
8. â€śWhy isnâ€™t my baby cute like all the other babies?â€ť
Itâ€™s a fact that no one wants to admit, but some babies â€“ especially newborns â€“ just arenâ€™t cute. Their features are squished, their skin looks raw and their bodies look animatronic.
â€śA surprising number of mothers think their babies arenâ€™t cute.â€ť
If you feel like your baby isnâ€™t cute, youâ€™re not alone. A surprising number of new moms feel exactly the same. Just Google â€śI donâ€™t think my baby is cuteâ€ť and count the number of pages of results.
The short answer? Donâ€™t worry about it. Whether itâ€™s a matter of your child growing into his features or your ideas on cuteness shifting over time, youâ€™ll eventually come to realize just how adorable your little one is.
9. â€śFact: My baby is the cutest baby in the world. Ever.â€ť
And again, that smile appears and every motherly instinct youâ€™ve ever had comes flooding back. Your baby isnâ€™t just cute; sheâ€™s the absolute cutest. If there were a worldwide contest for most adorable baby in the history of mankind â€“ nay, the galaxy â€“ your child would win without question.
If motherhood has you wavering between frazzled and fabulous, donâ€™t worry. Every new mom feels similarly at some point or another. Just go easy on yourself and enjoy these years as best as you can.
Autumn Green is an artist-turned-writer who traded the sweet tea of the south for the deep dish pizza of Chicago. Her favorite subjects include art, culture, design, small business/entrepreneurship and healthful living.