10 Little Surprises First-Time Moms Never Expect

Remember the days before you had children? You know, when you knew everything there was to know about everything and nobody could tell you otherwise?

Snort.

And then you had a baby and realized you didn't know anything then, you don't know anything now, and who the hell let you take this child home?! 

Motherhood is filled with constant lessons, no more so than in those early days when you learn valuable things like these ...

1. How to multi-task. Like feeding a baby while on the toilet multi-task.

2. How well you can manage to function with practically no sleep at all ...

3. But how freaking amazing a good night's sleep really is. (Sadly, you might not learn this one for quite some time.)

4. How unnecessary most clothing really is ... except for the yoga pants, of course.

5. How clueless your own parents really were with you. 

6. Just how long you can go without showering. (Not, however, how long you should go.)

7. That love at first sight can exist ... but so can indifference at first sight. 

8. That you can get through an entire day, even week, having no adult conversation at all. 

9. That mommy brain is real, and not some excuse that your friend used to get out of lunch with you. 

10. That life as you knew it is over. And the best part has really just begun.

What "surprises" would you add to this list?

 

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nonmember avatar Cathy R.

How little you now care about snot, vomit or poopy getting on your clothes, hands, face or anything else, even while in public!

nonmember avatar Kristi

My biggest surprise with a newborn was boredom. All he did was sleep!! How many times can you clean the house?

Nelli... NellieKane

@Kristi - yes! There were some very boring days when my daughter was a newborn. Now she is 7 months-old and very active! Those boring days are gone...

Patsy Payne Lemmon

I LOVE THIS I DON'T KNOW WHO PUT IT TOGETHER BUT THEY WERE RIGHT ON. EACH SENTENCE IS PERFECT, AWESOME AND SOME EVEN GIVE YOU A LAUGH. I KNOW IT'S HARD BUT OH HOW IT IS WORTH IT. I WAS 17 WHEN I FOUND OUT I WAS GOING TO HAVE A BABY WHEN IT WAS VERY VOODOO BUT THAT LITTLE GIRL HAD BEEN MY HEART FOR 46 YEARS AND I HAVE NEVER REGRETTED NOT ONE MINUTE.

Tabit... Tabitha666

That I could do anything with just one hand!!! The other arm was always holding my DS, & I mean always. I cooked, ate, loaded the dishwasher, used the toilet & sometimes showered while holding him. I usually just waited until my late husband came home from work, so that I could have a 10 minute shower by myself. He would scream so hard every time I tried to put him down that he would throw up all over himself. He was diagnosed with autism/PDDNOS when he was three. I don't know if it's all related, but my instinct tells me that it is.

Chelsea Hall

That everytime he farts I laugh! lol! Sorry, I'm 24:/ Old but still childlike:)

Mrseoc Mrseoc

lol, sounds about right. I'd like to add "how amazing your body really is".

Molly... MollyJmommy

The biggest surprise I had as a first time mom was finding out girls sometimes have a bloody diaper in the first few days. It's just caused by birthing fluids getting caught inside them and then being expelled but it was terrifying no one told me it could happen since nurses tend to change that diaper.

erlar... erlark2012

I was definitely surprised by ability to multi-task. I can pick things up with my toes. I can talk on the phone, full laundry basket under one arm, toddler under the other, lol.

Nki92 Nki92

Y do u people always make it seem like once you're a mother you're gonna completely let yourself go and stop caring

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