Tuesday Ten

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Every Tuesday I am going to attempt to do a post that involves ten.  Ten things we want to do this summer; ten places we want to travel to; ten of our favorite bedtime books; or ten things we did the prior week.

Today’s Tuesday Ten are the ten things I didn’t know before having a baby…..

1.  You will never, ever again take a good night sleep for granted.  They are so few and far between once you have a child that sleeping through the night is something you cherish.  If you’re lucky the baby will sleep through the night within a few months, but that doesn’t mean you will.  Every noise on the monitor will wake you up.  You’ll wonder if the baby is ok.  And if you don’t hear the baby you’ll wonder why the baby isn’t making noise.  You’ll appreciate every single minute of sleep you get and you won’t be afraid to go to bed at 8pm if that is what it takes to get a few solid hours of rest.

2.  Eating a meal becomes a race.  If you want to finish your meal, you better eat it fast because at any given moment your little one may decide it’s their time to eat. Or they may need a diaper change.  Or they may want to be held.  Or anything.  Meals are always on the go.  And once the kids are old enough you will hear “bite, bite, bite” and whether or not they just finished their own meal they will inevitably want yours as well.  And if you are lucky enough to go out for dinner as a family, you are now eating with 5pm dinner crowd.  The bonus to this is that you get more discounts and happy hour type pricing because you’re there so early!

3.  No conversation is off limits.  You’ll talk about labor/delivery, breast feeding, pee-pee, poopie and everything in between.

4.  High pitched baby talk is now acceptable regardless who is around and within your company.

5.  Showers in a quiet bathroom are few and far between.  Typically there will be a child in a bouncy seat in the bathroom, a dog laying on the rug or even a husband who pops in and out to ask a million questions.  If and when you do get a shower, it’s usually not quiet, enjoyable or lengthy.

6.  Your memory leaves.  Seriously.  You’re tired and dirty (see #1 and #5) and you can’t remember where you placed your keys, when you last ate, when you last changed the baby, when you last peed (see #3) or when you last let the dog outside.

7.  You learn to drink hot beverages (coffee, hot chocolate, tea) cold and cold beverages (soda, water, juice, milk) warm.  The thought of a hot cup of coffee gets you up and motivated for the day, but by the time you actually drink it the coffee is ice cold.  But you don’t care.  You drink it anyway.  And typically like a shot of espresso because you need the caffeine boost to get through the next several hours.

8.  You will plan your day around feedings/bottles, naptimes, bedtime and diaper changes.  You very quickly realize the importance of a good nap on the first day your little one does not get one.  If you keep a baby up past their bedtime with the hope they’ll sleep in the next morning, you’re definitely dreaming.  Typically, if they stay up later than usual, they wake up earlier and crabbier and are off all of the next day because they didn’t get the sleep they are used to and they don’t know how to deal with that.  If you’re like us you will attempt this several time before accepting defeat and coming home for a 7pm bedtime.  Which leads to number 9….

9.  You thought a curfew of midnight in high school was brutal.  Who is home by midnight?  Nobody.  Only you, the one with the curfew.  Well, welcome to parenthood because your new curfew just became 7pm.

10.  You don’t truly understand unconditional love until you experience numbers 1 through 9.  Even though you don’t get a full night sleep anymore and you haven’t showered in several days and you consistently eat a meal in just two bites and wash it down with ice cold coffee there isn’t anything that you would change.  You love that little baby more than anything you have ever loved before.  Unconditionally with all your heart.  And nothing will change that.

Now add your own Tuesday Ten to your blog (feel free to use the Tuesday Ten logo and URL).  Or leave a comment on my blog with your Tuesday Ten list.

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