Friday, August 28, 2009

I never understood...

I was thinking the other day of all the things that you deal with as a parent. At first it seemed like nobody every tells you these things, but then I wasn't sure if that was entirely true. I think people tell you or make comments about different scenarios, but until you are actually doing it you can't completely understand what they were talking about.

I never understood...

- what it meant to love someone more than yourself.

- how it would actually feel to have night after night of interrupted sleep.

- how you could see the world in a completely different light.

- that you make decisions based on how it will effect your child(ren).

- how getting the greatest bear hug with two small arms can make a bad day so much better.

- how much you'll see yourself in your child(ren).

- how proud you can be of someone who learned to use a fork, or sit up, or sleep through the night, or talk, or clap, etc...

- how much it brings you and your spouse together.

- what it truly meant to have unconditional love.

- how scared you'd be when your child gets their first fever.

- that I'd be getting up in the middle of the night just to make sure they're still breathing.

- what people really meant when they said that having your own child is nothing like taking care of someone elses.

- that I would look at myself and feel like I wasn't good enough to be a parent.

- that when my parents said they hoped I would have a child just like me, that it would actually happen. (and he's only 19 months!!)

- how choosing a name can sometimes be stressful.

- how some days I would want to run away for awhile and be alone.

- that saying, "It will only take me a minute" wouldn't really exist once you add a child.

- that I could have so many different voices for all the different characters in the story books.

- that a small child can teach lessons too.

- how kids remind you to look at the little things of life. (Garrison has a way of hearing every single plane that flies overhead and loves to point to the sky and let us know to look too.)

- that picking up the same toys 10 times a day will drive you insane.

- how seeing your husband get down on the floor and wrestle with his son would make you fall in love with him even more.

- that this is a wonderfully hard and rewarding job. One that I wouldn't trade for the world, even when he's throwing a tantrum or screaming his lungs out at the grocery store.


iva said...

I love your writing sarah! It is so good. maybe you should write a book or something...See you on sat.!

Sarah said...

Iva, you are too sweet. We cannot wait for you guys to come tomorrow!

Kara Scharrer said...

You should get that published in a magazine, or something like that. You're a great writer and I can totally relate to everything that you mentioned. Being a mommy is the best job in the world!

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