- The moment you hold your child you know with all of your being, that you will kill anyone and anything to protect your baby.
- You will be periodically covered in spit-up.
- There will come a day when every family member is sleeping in the same bed.
- You will touch poop with your bare hands.
- Children can go without food for days.
- Constipation, constipation, constipation.
- Their pain physically hurts you more than your own.
- A smile will turn your heart to jelly.
- Innocuous objects take on horrifying "potential hazard" status.
- There is no “off” button for mommyhood.
- You pray for your children’s health and safety with every breath you take.
- You do not comprehend how other people do not find your child enchanting.
- The sight of children in their pajamas never gets old.
- You develop a supersonic sense of hearing.
- You can identify individual potty requirements via smell.
- Tantrums pass.
- Neither Dr. Phil nor Supernanny will always approve of your parenting methods.
- You will translate for your spouse and other people what your child said, puzzling at the fact that they did not understand it in the first place.
- You will kiss your children till they squeal or cry.
- Children can and will cause you considerable bodily harm but you will sit patiently as they try to gouge your eyes out, tear off your ears, bite your nose and jaw, stamp your feet and dislocate your fingers.
- You will never be able to tell your children how much you love them.
- Your children will think you are ridiculous very early in their lives; it is not an adolescent thing.
- Your heart will stop when you look into your child’s eyes.
- Nothing is more fun than the games we make up with our children.
- The only thing more beautiful than a sleeping baby is a baby waking up smiling.
1. These tiny personal miracles.
3. The fact that children are 100% washable.
4. Unsolicited hugs and kisses.
5. Your parents.
8. French fries and chicken nuggets.
12. Time out.
1. Only pretend to listen to your spouse and/or children.
2. Hide from your children in undignified ways.
3. Wonder how on earth you got here.
4. Tell yourself you never signed on for this.
5. Do a double take in front of the mirror.
6. Think about death
7. Experience a moment of pure happiness and love, like no other.
8. Cry for no apparent reason.
9. Doubt yourself.
10. Know with absolute conviction that you have made the right decision, contrary to popular belief, expert opinion, textbooks or Google.
11. Take photographs with your mind.
12. Throw your head back and laugh.
13. Rack your brains to answer a simple question posed by your child (“Why” and “What is that?” are the original pitfalls).
14. Observe your child in complete awe.
15. Think of your parents with newfound love and respect.