I was thinking about all the things I've learned over the last year and a half, and how much I've changed. I only listed 20. I could have listed more. For all my readers with kids, please comment on some of your own! :-)
1-I've learned how much free time I actually had (and how unwisely I spent it) before I had kids.
2-I've learned that clothes wash, skin heals, and fun happens.
3-I've learned to never, ever judge other mothers because the moment I do, God will deal me their hand.
4-I've learned that television may rot a child's brain, but it's a great distraction for when I need to use the bathroom.
5-I've learned it is possible to be in love with more than one person at a time.
6-I've learned that I can't do it all by myself.
7-I've learned that most of the time the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and all the baby books in the world don't know nearly as much about my children as I do.
8-I've learned that the only person who is bothered by the house being messy is me.
9-I've learned that my husband is an amazing partner to have in the trenches of parenthood.
10-I've learned to eat meals standing up, and to forget to eat them sitting down when I actually can!
11-I've learned that things I used to enjoy, like fireworks and thunderstorms, become my hell on earth if they occur during bedtime.
12-I've learned that what my husband calls "caving to my kids" I call "picking my battles."
13-I've learned that sleeping in and showering are luxuries that I will never again take for granted.
14-Sadly (though I would never do this), I've learned how some mothers can lose it and hurt their kids. Thankfully, I'm learning daily how to have a tremendous amount of patience.
Note: That was maybe too sobering to post, but I honestly feel that empathy for women like this is not only something I've learned, but something that had to be said.
15-I've learned that my mother is the most amazing woman alive.
16-I've learned to enjoy my children.
17-I've learned that time really does go by too fast.
18- I've learned that the hardest job in the world doesn't bring home a pay-check.
19- I've learned to put another person's needs (or two... or three) ahead of my own.
20-I've learned to give up being a perfectionist. At least for now. ;-)