I may only be two years and ten months into this parenthood thing, but using my excellent deduction skills I am going to bet the whole lot that although it definitely changes, it doesn’t really get any easier.
For instance, Grey didn’t sleep for the first year and a half of his life. And when he did start sleeping “through the night” (because that means different things to different people), he started having night terrors.
Once we finally figured out how to calm the night terrors and everything seemed to be all rainbows and unicorns, our once toddler foodie decides he only wants to eat cheese, tortillas, bread, cookies, granola bars and every other carb I can only dream of eating.
Thankfully grandma came to the rescue and concocted a yummy, healthy smoothie that went over swimmingly. We were back on track. Oh wait, now we are withholding our poop. Oh yes mama, that is a thing and it is NOT fun! There were several occasions we would be standing in the middle of the mall with Grey screaming while trying with all his might to avoid a BM. Thankfully, this challenge only lasted a couple of weeks.
I hope you laughed at, at least one of these situations, because my point really is that although parenthood may not necessarily get any easier, it’s certainly not an impossible task. Parenthood requires a lot of sacrifice and hard work, but in return you get an adorable, lovable, amazing, talented, smart, beautiful, delightful, hilarious, little human.
And if it ever does feel impossible, remember that there are billions of other parents in this world facing similar challenges…so reach out to one, or two, or three. Find yourself a community of friends, loved ones, and other parents who are willing to help you in this journey called parenthood.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced as a parent? How did you overcome them?