Once in awhile I get the chance to participate in the Working Mom's Network Weekly Writing Prompt and today is one of those days.
So, what have I learned about children that I would have been shocked to know a year ago...
1. Children really do grow fast. "They" are not kidding...kids grow so fast.
2. Having children does not make you happier. It adds purpose and meaning and a feeling of accomplishment but it does not necessarily make you happier.
3. No matter how much stress you're under a child's smile will almost always melt all of your worries away.
4. Oh my goodness, all of that crap that everyone says you need is a bunch of hooey. You can survive perfectly fine with just the basics. This includes passing over "essentials" like a bumbo chair, a special diaper pail, coordinated room decorations, a walker, 50,000 onesies, and a changing table. I'm not saying that no one needs these things but the next time you tell a new mom to purchase the latest "must have" item try to hold yourself back. They'll discover it soon enough...if they REALLY do need it.
5. During meal time, if your child is so sleepy that all they can do is cry, take the opportunity to shove food in their mouth whenever it's open...no matter what noise is coming out (I've said it before and I'll say it again...don't judge).
6. The U.S. military could take a hint from children and make their tanks out of the same materials that a child's head is composed of.
7. Some children will never be good nap-takers.
8. Just because they would/would not eat it yesterday doesn't mean they will/will not eat it today.
9. Sometimes blue eyes stay blue.
10. There will be days that she just doesn't like her mommy. ouch.