mama truths // part 2.
A year ago I posted some Mama Truths and looking back at them now, it’s a bit funny how things have changed somewhat. Now I am a working mom of two under two and having two babies under your belt is a different world with a whole new set of truths. Seriously, this old post made me chuckle a little. A voice of inexperience naively speaking "wisdom"…. Yeah. I got a chuckle out of looking back at that one. The only true truth I found in that entire post was that truly, I don’t know a darn thing about anything. I have only scratched the surface of parenting and really, I should keep my mouth shut.
For instance, I mentioned the days of taking a shower when I want to were over but the key point to that statement was: I still got to shower. These days, I have to get up at 5:30 am during the work week if I want to shower or I am out of luck. 90% of the time, I choose to sleep over showing and so these days, that mama truth has been ix-nayed.
Obviously life is going to shift and reshape and morph with each passing month. So, the mama truths for this year consist of:
On cloth diapering: Elliott was cloth diapered until his sister was born. I was pretty adamant that cloth diapering wasn’t much more difficult and really, it wasn’t! Cloth diapering is no big deal. At least, it wasn’t when I had one child and was coming home at 4 pm every day and my mom was coming to my house to watch Elliott every day and she was helping with the laundry…every day. Try cloth diapering two babies, one on a fully-solid food diet and the other transitioning, getting home at 6 pm, juggling dinner, dishes & parenting for two to three hours, packing the kids’ things up for the babysitter’s house after they go to bed at 9 pm and washing diapers each night. We are officially a disposable diaper family and I am not ashamed to admit it.
On eating frozen or fast food meals: this is a nightly thing, friends. Forget a few times a week as I stated earlier. Fish sticks, chicken nuggets and Del Taco are my meals of choice.
On baby poop: I am no longer obsessed with poop like I was when Elliott was 8 months old. I have been around the block with poop my friends. I now know what is normal, I now know what is weird, and I now know that I can wash my hand (literally) of the worry that came with the whole diaper debacle.
On PTO: sick days? Those are gone by mid-February, and your entire family is in a constant state of sick. I don't know what it's like to feel healthy and well rested any more.
On grocery shopping: I no longer pick up groceries in my yoga pants. Break out the eyeliner and red lipstick, because it's my most exciting outing all week! maybe I'll run into someone I know! And thank goodness our local market has a Starbucks kiosk because I would be otherwise ready to wrap it up by aisle 3.
On clutter in the home: I can't remember when I saw the floors last.
On your baby being the cutest human being that has ever been born in the entire history of the entire solar system: that's still true. For me, times two.