There is no such thing as the perfect parent.
I reckon most people have moments of “what the fudge have I done?” when holding their bundles of joy. I’m also fairly certain every mother has been reduced to tears by overwhelmed feelings (and these truly amazing things called hormones).
Parenting isn’t all that the social media highlight reels would have you believe. I mean, OF COURSE I love to do yoga with Little Man in my clean kitchen every morning. When we’re not doing that he’s helping me make healthy smoothies and most definitely NOT watching TV while smearing yogurt on the cat.
Some days you’ll find being a parent easy, but other days you’ll be uttering the mantra “this too shall pass”, that it could possibly become baby’s first sentence. Every parent has had their little ones number two on their hands and, if you haven’t started it already, let me tell you that toilet training is one of the most frustrating times of your life. They get into a routine with it though, it coincides with all of your meals 👍🏻
Showers are no longer relaxing. You start sneaking to the toilet and find yourself watching the door handle like you’re in an episode of The Walking Dead. You have no privacy ever, because they WILL find you. *cue creepy music*
As much as raising children is a special time and there is no question of the love you have for your little one, it’s okay to say it’s not enjoyable sometimes. It’s okay to wistfully reminisce about your time before baby and it’s more than okay to not feel guilty about doing so. You don’t have to love being with them every. single. moment. of every single day. You don’t have to lose who you are and you don’t have to prove anything to anyone.
Parenting is one of the most rewarding, challenging, hilarious, lovely and annoying things you can do. Just because I say this doesn’t mean I’m ungrateful or that I’d have it any other way. I mean, I’d love Little Man to stop being so loud at times but I’m sure he thinks the same about me.
Your thoughts and feelings on the matter might differ from someone else’s but it doesn’t mean they’re wrong.