The surprises of parenting...

Jul 29, 2013

This is a sponsored post with a giveaway provided by Dr. Smith's. I have been chosen to be one of their Premium Parents and I'll have some fun giveaways and posts for you, thanks to them. As always, opinions are my own.
 
I wonder how many posts I've started with "I can't believe how fast time is flying by...". Just yesterday, Violet turned 17 months. 17 months, y'all!! And being that it was a Sunday, which is also the day my due date fell on, I couldn't help but think about how different life is now from those early days of mom-hood. I will never claim to be a pro at this mom gig but compared to the new mom back in February of 2012, I can say I've definitely upped my game. Parenting is a never-ending learning process, that's for sure.
 
 
It's well known around here that Violet was our surprise baby and coming from that place, I'd have to say that I was probably just about the most unprepared mom ever. As in, EVERYTHING was a surprise to me. Being told you probably can't have kids, you let go of dreaming about life with your future babies, you don't really make any plans for that kind of life...And then a surprise pregnancy comes and changes your life in the best way possible.

I don't think anyone could have prepared me for the flood of emotions I would feel the moment I had her...or for the fact that those emotions will. never. go. away.  Mix in some serious sleep deprivation and the worry wart in me just about quadrupled. I was so. dead. tired but couldn't keep myself from always checking on her to make sure she was breathing. I couldn't help but wonder about all the possible things her cries could mean (surely, she's sick and we need to get her to the dr asap!!). Becoming a mom upped my crazy and it upped my anxiety. I can't say I handled it all very well, either. Poor Ronnie had to deal with my crying fits, my random stress outbursts and just my overall EXHAUSTION. But he was going through it too and no one fully knows your new life as a parent quite like your significant other. We have a better and stronger relationship than ever, thanks to her.
 

Life is just so amazingly different now with a child. Who knew I would feel my child's pain when she was sick? Who knew I would be able to survive and actually function on just a couple hours of sleep? Who knew I wouldn't throw up the moment she had a massive poop explosion? Who knew I'd be that mom who takes 100 picture of her every day and not once actually care what anyone thinks? Who knew I'd think her gassy little farts were the cutest thing (and now as a toddler, pretty hilarious)? Who knew I would get so ballsy and not let anyone tell me how to parent my child? There's so many things that have surprised me about being a parent but the biggest thing for me has been that, you will learn as you go and you will actually know what you're doing! Like I said before, for someone as unprepared as me, I've actually been able to pull off being a mom ;) Who knew??!

The books, the websites and chatting with other moms is helpful but it only gets you so far. Your motherly instincts will take over and you just go with it. NO ONE can prepare you for the true magnitude of the love and the exhaustion you will feel or how completely your life will change. You basically don't know anything about being a parent until you are one and then there's no way to go back. ha! But I promise, you won't want to.
 
What surprised you most as a parent?
 
Now, I'm excited to share with y'all that Dr. Smith's is now available nationwide at Walgreens! You can find the retailer nearest you at doctorsmiths.com. I was only recently introduced to their products and perfect timing too because it has helped Violet's recent rashes SO well! It is definitely going to be a staple for us now.
 
To celebrate Dr. Smith's going nationwide, they're giving away a $50 gift card to Walgreen's and a supply of their diaper rash ointment! If you're a mom or preggo, you should definitely sign up and get some Dr. Smith's in your life!

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24 comments:

undomestic mama said...

I had no idea you were told you couldn't have kids! What a super special blessing she is.

Lauren H Edmondson said...

my biggest surprise was how much having a baby made me love my husband even more. Watching how much Josh loves Sawyer is the most amazing thing to me.

Mami2jcn said...

I was very surprised when I needed to have an emergency C-section with my first child.

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Amanda M. said...

The biggest surprise is just how tired they can make you...especially when you've got one like mine who hates sleep.

Ricki @ Rogue Baby said...

Love Violet's dress! Where did you get it?

Jessica said...

My biggest surprise was learning that I could do things that I never thought possible.

JC said...

I no longer carry small bags, always big bags with lots of wipes inside.

squirrelbread said...

Not a mama or expecting yet.... but hope to be soon! I think when it happens the thing that will surprise me most will be just how expansive my tiny frame can become!

Melissa said...

I am with you, everything is a surprise, most of our friends are done having kids and i remember them talking about the entire process! But i am so thankful to be entering this wonderful world of mommyhood! Violet is just too cute! I can't believe she is already 17 months! Time sure flies when you are having fun :)

Jessica @ Dream Mo(o)re said...

I am definitely not ready to be a parent, but I hope when the time comes I'll be excited to meet him or her.

kjpugs said...

Biggest pregnancy surprise- how many things you don't necessarily associate with pregnancy that you have to experience. All the random aches and pains! But I know they'll be worth it!

Lauren said...

Not pregnant (yet) or a mom but I am excited about what's to come :-)

Amber said...

Aww, this post is so sweet. I love how you learned right along with her. She's such a doll, so keep on taking those 100s of pics of her a day, I love 'em :)

Vivacious Ramsey said...

I use the dr. smith small to go packets religiously. My nurse actually gave me a whole box and i love this cream for go away fast action for diaper rashes. I feel like the most surprising thing about parenting is that they always learn faster and more than you think they do and when you look around you are amazed at the new things they are doing - livivua

AubreyLaine said...

How different & unique each pregnancy experience is for everyone!

Elena said...

I was surprised that I never have time for myself since my baby was born

Sara McFall said...

I was just thinking about this last night. I'm amazed at how 'relaxed' I am with my parenting style. I can be pretty high strung, but so often with Mackenzie I'm like 'eh it won't hurt her or she's fine or she's not crying so it's fine.' I think I shock my mom daily with how 'relaxed' I am.

LauraJJ said...

I was surprised how fast they grow and change! So glad to have tons of pictures!

Teresa Batey Allen said...

It amazed how well I could multitask :)

Jennai said...

I was most surprised about how little sleep I get! LOL. I never believed all the horror stories. But it's worth it!
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Alvina Castro said...

what amazed me was all the love that I had for him immediately! Thats why they say love at first sight

stefanie gladden said...

definitely how tired i was!

latanya t said...

how much I would need

kolpin said...

that the bond could be so instantaneous!

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