(Get ready to eat some humble pie. I like mine with whipped cream. Vegan, obviously.)
1.Talk about your kid incessantly
Yes you will. To family. To friends. On Facebook. Oh so much on Facebook. But only because your kid is way more adorable and smarter and more advanced than those other babies whose every babble and meal and toothless grin were documented for the world. Obviously.
2. Catch vomit in your hands
There is no reason for parents to develop this particular instinct. It does not make anything better. In fact, it makes it worse because now there is vomit on your child, their bed, the wall, and probably your hair and you can’t do a thing about because you are holding vomit in your cupped hands like an offering to the stomach virus gods. It does not placate them.
3. Talk about poop
Not only will you talk about it in great detail, but sometimes it makes you really, really happy. Proud, even. Everybody poops? Hell yes.
4. Sound like your mother
Her voice will burst forth from your lips like a demon possessing your soul, close the door! the demons will say, are you trying to heat the whole neighborhood? and then, stop making a mountain out of a molehill! And you will clamp your hands over your mouth and stare with horror but too late, you already know: she was right all along.
5. Regret saying “my child will never_”
In fact, go ahead and write down everything you ever said that began with that phrase. That way you know exactly what kind of cruel karma awaits you.
6. Change your entire life
You will not be the same person. Your life will not be the same. Just trust me on this one. But also? It’s a really, really good thing.
7. Handle it
All those thoughts of I could never deal with tantrums/illness/carpool/labor/poop/vomit/sleeplessness/listening to The Wiggles on constant repeat until I go just a little bit insane? You will. You kind of have to. You’re tougher than you think.
8. Constantly be running late
You will always be late. It will become your new state of being: perpetually running behind, never quite catching up. You will be the athsmatic kid wheezing through the end of the race. Oh you’ll get there. But it won’t be pretty.
9. Be a morning person
I’m kidding, you won’t. But you’ll be up at dawn anyway so may as well pretend. Isn’t the sunrise beautiful? Really, I’d like to know. I’m too busy staring blankly into my coffee cup, I have no idea.
10. Smile smugly and say, “it’s totally worth it.”
It totally is.
Jill Vettel is a writer and a stay at home mom of three in Durham, NC. Her favorite kind of pie is not humble, but key lime. Mmmm pie.