I’ve heard it said that the only thing predicable about motherhood is that it’s totally unpredictable. I think most moms first learn that in the early stages, when we dress our children and ourselves to perfection for family photos only to be spit up on moments before the lens clicks to capture our imperfection for eternity. As our kids grow, we’re reminded of just how little control we actually have when our children spill out totally inappropriate parroted versions of what we thought they didn’t hear us say at the worst possible moments. Still later in life, we get teenagers that get their driver’s license and cause us to lose our breath (and our minds) by their at times reckless exuberance at new responsibilities. While I totally agree with the fact that motherhood is unpredictable, I’ll take things a step further and say that for me, my journey of motherhood has been like a thrilling roller coaster ride that at times I’m screaming to get off of and at other times leave me breathless with delight. My two humans fill my days with laughter. They completely change the way I think about life. They make me giggle, make me scream and at times make me cry. Life with them is always new and unexpected and at times unpredictable but I’ve learned that’s exactly how the journey of motherhood should be and so I’ve embraced it and discovered that taking on motherhood with poise, one crazy, spontaneous day at a time is really all we can do.
While I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no parenting expert (is anyone really?) and that I mess up….daily….when it comes to my kids, being a mom has taught me quite a few lessons. Some have been hard. Some have been fun. But each of them has changed who I thought I was. As I sat and thought back through the things that I wish I had known before I became a mom, three things quickly came to my head. Whether you’re a mom-to-be, a new mom or a seasoned mom, I’m sure you’re relate to at least one of these three lessons life taught me about motherhood.
I’ll Never Really Have Parenting Figured Out
When I became a mom, I read all the books. I watched all the shows. I did everything I was supposed to do. Then, suddenly, I had little people who didn’t go by any of the rules those books said they would. They laughed when they should have cried. They said totally inappropriate things. They through it was funny to pee on trees in pubic (boys!). They (gasp) embarrassed me in ways that I had never dreamed of and which, looking back, were not really that embarrassing. As I’ve gone through the baby years, the toddler years, the elementary years, the middle school years and now even the teen years, I’ve come to the conclusion that I will never, ever have parenting figured out.
I can do everything by the books. I can tackle every situation the way I think I’m supposed to and there will still be wild and crazy moments when my children do the exact opposite of what every book says they should. I’ve learned that’s OK. They will embarrass me. They will mortify me. They will make me laugh till my sides hurt. And in turn I’ll do the same to them…..isn’t that really one of the joys of parenting?
There is No Such Thing as Being in Control
Ahhhh, I remember the days when I was in control of my life….back before a red-faced, screaming person emerged from my body and totally blew my idea of control out of the water. I’ll tell ya, I tried Baby Wise. I attempted to sleep train. I tried (and failed) and tried again to breast-feeding but the truth of the matter is, there is no such thing as control when you’re a mom. There is what I would call managed chaos.
But control? That’s something I don’t anticipate seeing again, well, ever.
Laughter is the Best Response for….Everything!
I used to stress out to the extreme when my kids did those things they weren’t supposed to do. When they would do the booty shake in the middle of the grocery store, my face would turn red. When they would repeat the four-letter word that I whispered when I stubbed my toe, I would hide my face in shame. The list could go on and on of the moments when mortification was my first response.
However, as time went on, I learned that sometimes the best response to motherhood is to be the first one to laugh. Yes, my children are ridiculous at times but truthfully, they are pretty funny little people. My littlest has a comedic timing that will serve him well later in life. My oldest has a dry and inappropriate at times sense of humor and absolutely no filter. They can both make me laugh until my sides hurt. And so that’s what I’ve started doing. In those previously embarrassing moments, I’ve started laughing….hard. And it’s taken moments that I once would have dreaded and turned them into some of the most fun moments of my life.
While I’ve learned to laugh at (and with) my kids, I’ve discovered that the one down side to having really funny, really large children is that my selfless act of growing them in my body (ha!) can cause me another problem when they do something extraordinarily funny…..light bladder leakage. While it’s not something I struggle with often, it shows up at the most unexpected times, much like everything in motherhood. Just as I’ve learned to adapt to the unexpected joys of children, I’ve also learned the best way to adapt to light bladder leakage by making sure I’m prepared with Poise CoutrourFit Pad from Walmart.
With their trusted 3-in-1 protection for dryness, comfort and odor control and a design that’s wider in the front and back for coverage and protection from heavier bladder leaks, they help ensure that I’m always prepared for those moments of hilarity that motherhood brings. Plus, since I can have them shipped directly to my home in discreet packaging or use Walmart’s Grocery Pickup Service, I never have to worry about my littlest screaming “Why are you buying pee pads mommy!” as he does the booty shake down the aisle of Walmart (been there, done that….seriously!). Instead, I can simply trust that when those moments do come where I laugh till I pee at one of the many crazy moments of motherhood, I don’t have to worry about being embarrassed by unexpected leaks.
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Then tell me, what’s one of the unexpected lessons life has taught you about motherhood?