Things I’ve Learned – About Myself – Since Becoming A Parent

Since becoming a parent I've learned a lot but here are the things which I've learned about myself!

Since becoming a parent I’ve learned a lot. I can now change a nappy in the front seat of a car in under two minutes, I can perform most everyday household chores with only one hand and I know that the optimum temperature for a baby’s bath is 37C. It’s been thirteen months since my transition to motherhood. In that time I’ve discovered a lot of vital knowledge about babies but I’ve also learned a hell of a lot about myself!

  1. I’m not very squeamish

Poop, vomit or wee. You name it and I’ve had it on my face! I’ve dealt with that many poonami’s that even washing my hands is a luxury! Pass me a wet wipe and I’m good to go.

  1. I like wine

OK so this was something I already knew, I just didn’t know how much! Without sounding like an alcoholic wine gets me through those difficult days. You know the ones I’m talking about! Where your child has a cold and they’ve napped for a total of twelve minutes and twenty three seconds. You’ve eaten a multi-pack of Kit Kat Chunky’s, there’s only one nappy left and for the fourth day in a row you still haven’t had time to wash your hair! Knowing that you can pour yourself a small large glass of wine at 8pm 7pm is enough to prevent you from losing your shit and hiding in the wardrobe!

  1. I can survive on very little sleep and strong coffee

Rory may sleep for thirteen hours a night but Mommy’s lucky if she gets six. Through no fault but my own I’m your stereotypical example of Mombie! I stay up way past my bedtime, aimlessly scrolling through Rightmove looking at houses I’ll never be able to afford to buy just because it’s the only time I get to myself. I then spend the next day snorting coffee granules while half heartedly searching for the Sky remote which I’ve put in the fridge. 

  1. I don’t like to share my food

Now I’m a mom I enjoy the simple pleasures in life like showering alone, wearing white and eating a meal all to myself! A bacon and egg butty isn’t the same once your toddler has stolen half your bread and licked your bacon!

  1. I have very little patience

It’s something which I’m trying to work on but I find keeping my cool very difficult after repeating the same three things over a thousand times a day. I mean seriously at what age to kids realise it hurts if they close the toilet lid on their hands??!!

Everyday’s a school day when it comes to parenting and I’ve still got a lot to learn. I may never get that ‘super mom’ status but I’m wearing my learner plates with pride.

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  1. March 21, 2017 / 7:13 am

    Hi, this has made me smile. I’m sure so many others will be experiencing the same. The joys of a long shower and a nice bacon and egg roll, Chloe #DreamTeam

  2. March 21, 2017 / 8:13 am

    I can relate to all of these- especially not wanting to share my bloody food! haha #tuesdaytreasures
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  3. March 21, 2017 / 8:29 am

    My food is my food. Hubby’s food is fair game though ?#dreamteam

  4. March 21, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    I sometimes think babies’ cries are so grating, their sleep so erratic, and breastfeeding so painful just to harden up parents. If you can survive the first few months of Baby Boot Camp without losing your mind, you can survive anything—you’re like a superhero. Because, really, the first few months are hell if you enjoy sleeping, showering, and functioning well.
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  5. March 23, 2017 / 7:42 am

    I like wine and stay up way too late, but I also did that pre-baby! I think I learned how much free time I used to have. 🙂 #stayclassymama

  6. March 23, 2017 / 8:48 am

    I completely identify with number 2, 3, 4 and 5. Unfortunately I can’t do vomit! Fortunately my husband steps up when the times comes for that! lol

  7. March 23, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    Hehe yup I think I can agree with all of these! I’m also dreadful at going to bed on time – sometimes you just need some time on your own once the kids have gone to bed, even if that means staying up late, just so you get the opportunity #ablogginggoodtime
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  8. March 23, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Yes on the patience…holy moly. I’ve also learnt I’m amazingly adaptable and sometimes I make decisions I intellectually don’t agree with on the merit of risk management (bad parenting is often safer than good parenting in the teen years) #Stayclassymama

  9. March 24, 2017 / 10:01 am

    This post has made my day! Haha! This is me haha! I loved prosecco before but know I REALLY LOVE IT!!! ??? the patience tying too! Really trying to work on that! Lol! #ablogginggoodtime

  10. March 24, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Haha, I don’t share food either! I’ve always been like it, but I’ve had to relent a bit more lately to avoid the epic tantrums – it’s still done very grudgingly though! The ability for parents to survive on so little sleep is something I often marvel at too – it really shouldn’t be possible, and although you feel very far from human with it, it’s amazing that your body actually does carry on working! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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  11. March 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

    It is amazing how our children teach us so much about ourselves and I agree every day is a school day! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime ?

  12. March 27, 2017 / 10:44 am

    LOL Yes we can survive on very little amounts of sleep, god knows how though! Thanks for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures.

  13. March 27, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    I second the patience comment, pre child I never got angry or lost my patience, apparently my son is the only being in the world that can drive me absolutely bananas!! Just pushed every button I have. I am much less squeamish but I still six years later, cannot deal with snot! Wine is an essential think for all mums. Fab post. Thank you for linking to #stayclassymama xx
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  14. March 28, 2017 / 10:08 am

    Aww this made me smile, especially #2! I agree with every one, it’s surprising how little sleep you can survive on. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

  15. March 28, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Definitely being able to cope and survive on very little sleep has been what amazes me. I mean I shouldn’t be able to function, yet I can and I do every single day. My husband is still working on the sharing food part, he is not a fan of sharing his! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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  16. March 28, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Becky I think my list even after all this time is the same as yours, the only difference being that with teens I feel happy to pour a glass of wine earlier than 7pm if I feel like it and invariably I do. #ablogginggoodtime
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  17. March 31, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Since becoming a mum almost 19 months ago (eek!) I have learned, amongst other things:
    – Dry shampoo was the greatest invention ever
    – If you want to dye your clothes yellow, use metanium
    – Snot free clothing is a luxury

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  18. March 31, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    This is great! who knew poo/wee/sick machines could lead to so much self-discovery!? I’m with you on the wine – it’s like a donkey with his carrot #thelistlinky

  19. March 31, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Oh LAWD, what would we mamas do without the Nectar of the Gods? Thank goodness for nightcaps!

    And don’t you feel sorry for those moms who never get over their squeamishness? I cannot imagine making it through my children’s infancy with recurrent nausea.

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  20. March 31, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    This is great. I realised this morning that my youngest still hasn’t slept through the night, which means I haven’t had an uninterrupted nights sleep in 14 months. Oh dear God. I guess I can handle sleep deprivation better than I thought, although I weep for how much longer this may continue! x #sharingthebloglove

  21. April 1, 2017 / 4:32 am

    Good God do I love wine! I find that if I have a glass while I’m cooking dinner, I’ll get through the inevitable whining over dinner with a lot less yelling. #thelistlinky

  22. April 9, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Haha I love the Sky remote being in the fridge! I have those days and once poured juice in my tea instead of milk…

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