Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Things I never knew....

Today, during Grayson’s nap, I was thinking of how different my life is now as a parent. Before I became a mom, I thought I pretty much knew what parenthood was about – I knew what to expect, how it would be…….but there are some things I never knew, before Grayson came along.
I never knew I could care so little about my appearance, yet care so much about the sugar content of my baby’s juice.
I never knew every contribution I had to make to a conversation would begin with “Today, on Sesame Street….”
I never knew I would find peanut butter behind my ear (especially when we haven’t eaten anything with peanut butter on it for DAYS)
I never knew I could be so delighted to get so many slobbery, sticky kisses.
I never knew I would regularly call dogs “woofs”, cats “meows”, and chickens “ba-gawks”.
I never knew I could resort to acting like a complete idiot in public just to get a smile/laugh out of my child.
I never knew an entire room full of adults could be endlessly entertained by one small child.
I never knew I could fantasize so ardently about SLEEP.
I never knew I would count sleeping til 8 am as “sleeping in”.
I never knew I would peek in on my sleeping child numerous times a night just because I missed him.
I never knew a one-year-old could contain SO much energy inside such a small body.
I never knew I would do so much wrestling (trying to change a diaper, trying to trim fingernails, trying to get the hammer, screwdriver, etc, out of his hands……etc. etc. etc.)
I never knew I could feel joy to the point of doing a touch-down dance just by getting your child to FINALLY eat something you place in front of him – after 17 different tries (seriously, I counted last night)
I never knew I would love every single second of it all.
I never knew I could love a person so infinitely – and that love would continue to grow exponentially every single day.


I love you, Grayson! Thanks for teaching me so much, buddy! :)

10 comments:

April said...

OH Mantha, that was so stinkin' sweet. Its totally true. People can tell you but until you have your own child its just not the same.

Becky said...

That stuff is so true! I love it all.

kacie said...

You are such a cute and fun mom. Grayson is very lucky to have you! He is adorable as always.

kacie said...

You are such a cute and fun mom. Grayson is very lucky to have you! He is adorable as always.

anne said...

ahhhhhhhhh - and you have no idea what is ahead either ! the best is still yet to come ! You ARE a very good and tender mommy and Gray is very blessed to have you - - and you to have him. Being the mom is the best thing that ever happens to you in this lifetime ! I am sure. I still learn from YOU ! and thank you for that - - love you both - the momma

Ty and Ber said...

Isn't being a mom great. Crazy how we are the ones that are suppose to teach them and then look how much we learn in the process.

Sarah & Trent said...

So so sweet Mantha, I loved reading this!!! :) Things I'd like to add, I never knew how much Spray n' Wash could be used in one day... I never knew what moms did all day at home-- woooeee it's a busy day! And I never knew I could just hold a baby and stare at him for so long. :)

Camille said...

Love it!!! I love the peanut butter comment. I definitely took for granted a nice long shower. Sometimes I have to think back at what day I actually washed my hair. So worth it though!!!

Jason+Lindi said...

Amen to that!

mary said...

Isn't being a mom the best? Nothing like it in the world!