As many of you know I am mum to a miniature human, she is nearly 10 and she is the most funniest, independent, creative, and messy creature to have ever graced my life. She makes me smile on a daily occurrence with her little Pangaisms and her love of life. Although she is my little ray of sunshine she can sometimes be a very dark cloud but even then I wouldn’t change her for the world. I just wish someone would have told me…
Trust your instincts – Everyone has opinions and tons of advice on how to look after children but when it comes to looking after this small human who has been placed in your possession, there is no rule book. Trust your instincts because you will know exactly what to do when the time comes to it.
Buying 500 baby grows, 10 prams and enough booties to go around a whole baby army is not needed – Yes, babies do need to be changed and driven around in comfort but excessiveness is not really needed, as for booties they pull them off, they get lost and you end up wasting hours of your life looking for them. Save your money.
Your home shall never be clean again – Children are like mini toy exploding bombs, they also like to touch and pour everything out. They are also magicians. They. Get. Into. EVERYTHING.
You shall never have a light coloured home – Goodbye dreams of a nice bright home with cream sofas, white walls and light coloured rugs. Hello dark colours and your ability to hide stains. As for the drawings on the walls, have some spare paint for touch ups or the magic eraser sponge is your friend.
You will never go to the toilet or have a bath in peace ever again – Tapanga is nearly 10 and this is still a factor, as soon as that door closes I am needed and NOW! Whether its because she needs a sandwich, to tell me she loves me, to ask how to do something or what the answer to 2536 x 2693 is (6,829,448 just in case you were wondering).
You will know the theme tune to the most annoying shows – Dora the Explora I am looking at you! That song has been embedded in my head for years. Now its along the lines of Liv & Maddie and Girl Meets World, I find myself humming them on the bus far too often.
You will never be on time, ever! Even when you’re going somewhere by yourself – Even if you are running three hours ahead of schedule I can tell you now, you will be late. You will end up screaming at everyone to get out of the house and that you are late multiple times. You will have to put shoes on while running down the path. You will forget something almost every time and have to go back for it. If you are going somewhere by yourself you’re still late because you’ve tried to do everything before leaving or worse you’re by yourself and relished in the fact you could sit in quiet for five minutes giving you no time to get ready.
Bedtime lasts for hours – All of a sudden your child has a sudden urge to use the toilet 16 times, the chorus of ‘there must be something wrong with you if you’re on that toilet again’ echo through the hallways, they need a drink, light, cuddle, kiss, teddy and many other things. Finally all is settled and calm. They are up again. you remember that time two years ago when they fell over in the playground? No, I don’t either. They do. The post traumatic stress from it has just kicked in. Anything to be awake.
Apart from all of that these little angels are a joy to have in your life and will make you smile daily.
What would you tell someone before they have children?