Motherhood throws you for a loop. I still fret over the smallest of issues and baby Frog is my third child. I have joked with the boys’ pediatrician many times since Frog was born about still feeling like a first time mom. I don’t think that feeling ever goes away, regardless of the number of children you have.
I was eating lunch with some friends a couple of weeks ago. All are or will be moms to all boy clans. Our conversation was wildly entertaining about motherhood and the antics of our children. Listed below are some of the finer points we covered.
Since school has/is started(ing), the teacher in me is currently demanding these valuable nuggets in a list format:
1. People are going to say stupid stuff to you while you are pregnant. Really stupid stuff. You know the comments…“Oh wow. You have really gotten big.” Gee thanks. “Don’t you know how to stop having kids? You will never have a girl anyway.” Is it any business of yours how many children I have? And my personal favorite (insert sarcasm HERE) “Another boy? You sure are going to have your hands full.” DUH. Now leave me alone with my chocolate.
2. It’s OK to ask for help. And I don’t just mean asking someone to cook you dinner. Although, that would be great. By the way, this one goes for moms of boys and girls. I seemed to sail through postpartum with my first. After having #2, I felt as if I was drowning. I have never been in a place so dark and isolating, yet I was anything but alone with my supportive family all around me. I was a victim to postpartum depression and it’s NOT FUN. If you ever feel this way, don’t be ashamed. It’s not worth it in the long run. Get the help you need. Your kids and husband will thank you.
3. Having all boys automatically earns you a special place in heaven. God said so. Ok, maybe that was only in a dream I had, but who else deserves one than a mom of all boys? I mean, c’mon. Only the strong can survive the constant wrestling, growling, and bodily functions. For realz.
4. Children make you plan for the future. Think about it. When else do you get your junk together as far as your will, pick out godparents, and start saving for college educations? Not to mention the hopes and dreams for great daughters in law and adorable grandDAUGHTERS. I need to dress SOMEONE in pink.
5. It’s an excuse to watch more sports. This one may only apply to me, seeing as how I actually taught my husband everything he knows about the sport of hockey (Let’s Go Pens!). I seriously go into withdrawals when I cannot attend Clemson games or watch Steeler games on TV. Thanks to my dad, Pops, for instilling this love of sports in me. My husband thanks you, too.
Life has changed so much since welcoming three sons.
And I wouldn’t change it for anything.