“Just Wait”

I’m going to vent a little here, so bear with me.

When I was pregnant, lots of people liked to tell me “just wait”s about having a baby, the end of pregnancy, sleepless nights, “cherish each moment…time flies!” etc. etc. Of course, I either didn’t believe them or didn’t take their advice to heart, and had to learn those things for myself, firsthand. I think that this is true for most pregnant women, as being a mother is something so inane and difficult, yet wonderful at the same time, that you just have to go through it to truly understand. Anyway, I was a girl who thought the “just wait”s were annoying.

And now? To those who whine about not being able to sleep while pregnant, I want to tell them about the fun of waking up every 2 hours with a screaming newborn. Essentially, I want to be the one saying “just wait”. BUT, I know how obnoxious and condescending that sometimes sounded to me when I was still pregnant, so I keep my mouth shut.

Friday afternoon, I was at WalMart (::gasp:: the horror!) loading bags into the back of the Murano while balancing a toddler on my hip. I was, in short, a hot mess. My only slightly too large jeans weren’t quite staying up, I was holding the stroller in place with one foot (stupid me forgot to lock the thing) and my face had become sweaty because I’m so out of shape that even a grocery/toddler-wrangling session makes me a little out of breath. Yes, I could have put Jax in the car first, but I knew he would throw one of his wonderful temper tantrums about sitting in a warm car for a few minutes because it was past his lunchtime, so I opted to juggle him with the groceries.

Anyway, about this time, two third trimester pregnant, trophy-wife-looking twenty somethings walked by in their designer maternity jeans with their perfectly styled hair and scoffed at me and my hot mess of a self. I could seriously tell they were both thinking “wow, I will so never be like that”. Right then is when I wanted to shout JUST YOU WAIT!

Motherhood ain’t always pretty, that’s for sure. But I guess they’ll have to learn that the hard way, like everyone else. :)
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  1. 1

    Cute post! Like you I had to learn everything for myself. Things always seem easier when you’re clueless!

  2. 2

    Great post. So true!

  3. 3

    I LOVE IT!!! Oh my, haven’t we all been there!

  4. 4

    I think the “just you wait’s” you say to yourself in your head, are even better then saying it aloud. Motherhood ain’t pretty, no matter how hard you try. Great post.

  5. 5

    This is so true and I am so with you on so many fronts! And don’t you worry… they will see ;)

  6. 6

    ha ha love this! So true!

  7. 7

    I don’t believe that anyone reading this with a teething toddler could not give a wholesome “Amen!” to this post! I was JUST feeling this exact way this weekend! Just rest assured that they will one day be the one that is dying to yell “Just wait!” :)

  8. 8

    Great post and it made me stop this morning and appreciate all my fellow parents out there who are trying to do their job well! And there are those women who I can’t help but admire who have multiple children and make it “look” so easy! I’m not talking about that they looks perfectly coiffed and oh, so sophisticated, but the ones who can manage a whining 6 year old while simultaneously guiding the one with his nose in book, snagging that baby bottle before it hits the ground, push a grocery cart, and answer the phone! –Then for a brief moment you see her close her eyes, take a deep breath, smile, and…continue on.
    Parenthood may not always be the prettiest job, but like most other jobs it has moments that are both demanding and fulfilling…and like ALL other jobs, others cannot really appreciate all that it entails until they have had the same job. So, to all those that have not had the job of PARENT…we can say…”just wait!”

  9. 9

    I love love reading your posts. You say it so well! I’ve been there a ton of times too… you know, for ALL of that, I’m still glad I’m a mommy – even though at some moments I wonder about that :)

  10. 10

    haha, so true… Just wait.. they’ll see!

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