10 Things That Happen When You’re a Mom of 3 Kids Ages 2 and Under
- You’re automatically Super-Woman
Yep. You are. Even if you don’t want to be or don’t know how to be, you’re going to learn how. You will quickly learn to multi-task, move quietly and swiftly through your home, appear out of nowhere at lightning speed to catch a candle falling off the top of the fridge (carelessly placed by someone else who obviously is not a mom). Okay, I digress. You will acquire the skill of getting yourself dressed and ready to go plus 3 other people in 2 hours. Didn’t say you won’t lose your mind doing it or that it will be flawless, but you will get it done. Okay, everyone. Get. In. Friggin. Order. Even you who can not walk, crawl yet or understand yet what I’m even saying. Let’s go.
Call me lieutenant.
2. Oh, and get ready to also have some amazingly toned arms.
“How?”, you ask? Days in the house (or while out and about when one is walking too slowly)will be spent at times flying up and down stairs or across the streets carrying both the newborn and one of the toddlers– OR all 3 of them #atthesamedangtime Woot.
3. People are going to make creepy sex jokes about you and ya hubby.
Yep. 3 babies didn’t get here in 2.5 years doing nothing. Ayyye
4. Things are not always going to go as planned or as expected.
You should always keep a schedule and a system (VERY important), but lose the high expectations. Just do it. Right now.
Baby just woke up. Be right back.
5. It’s going to be okay. It is.
My best friend Joan always tells me that. And it’s true! In the midst of the chaos, you probably don’t want to hear that. But it’s straight to the point and real–no matter what is going on, some day it’s all going to be okay. If you have nothing else to hold on to, just tell yourself it’s going to be okay. It is.
6. “Down-time” will become almost nonexistent for a few years.
Get over it.
7. A trip anywhere alone will feel like a vacation
Target run by myself?! Tears. For me? Wow–You shouldn’t have!
8. Expect chaos.
Everyday will be a full circus production. Everyday. But you’re going to learn and do what works best for you. Whether that means bathing and dressing the kids all the night before an early rise or waking everyone up a couple of hours earlier to get prepared to go out the door. (Remember: Your decisions–no on else’s). Remember to breathe, take things one at a time and do what you can.
9. People are going to judge you.
I’ve heard it all–from someone accusing me of playing favorites on down to how, when, where and why I need to discipline my children. This one honestly is probably more mentally exhausting than the circus that is now your life.
10. But even better yet–lots of people are going to also tell you how amazingly, totally awesome you are.
11. Not a multi-tasker? Ya will be!
12. You will develop thick skin if you haven’ t already.
See #9. No one knows your life, nor are they in your shoes, yet they have everything to say. It’s often quoted; “what’s understood doesn’t need to be explained”, but I say what’s misunderstood needs no explanation either. It will take some toughening up, but forget what they have to say, let people think what they think and keep it moving.
K, that was 11 things–not 10.