What a great topic
I'm enjoying being a SAHM more than I thought I would. If fact I was thinking I'd want to return to work quite quickly, now I'm dreading leaving DD in daycare even though that's still 8 months away.
I love my DD so so so much more than I could ever imagine I could love anyone. It did take about a month for that bond to develop, which surprised me. I thought it would be instant.
Labour hurt more than I thought it would.
Breastfeeding (at the start) hurt more than I thought it would.
Motherhood (so far) is easier than I thought it would be. This is very surprising! I think it is because my job was very demanding, stressful and never ending, it makes looking after a baby seem easy, lol. There have been tough moments of course. I'll caveat this by saying I have one child who eats and sleeps well. Not sure if I'd be saying the same if I had two or more!
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08-10-2015 17:10 #11
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08-10-2015 18:32 #12
Is parenthood different to what you expected?
I worked for 22 years before having DS ( 5 of those in our own business) and DH had to literally force me to take maternity leave a week before having him as I was such a control freak/workaholic and I assumed Id be back at work after 3 months but as soon as he was born any thoughts of work left me and I was a SAHM for 3 years and then only went back 2 days a week after that
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08-10-2015 18:34 #13
Is parenthood different to what you expected?
Call me naive- I thought I'd be a domestic goddess, baking treats, healthy meals, would never yell (like my mother!), arts and craft etc
I would be tired but content and enjoy hanging at home with my beautiful dd whilst on mat leave....
Oh and I thought my dog was my little girl and that would never change.... But I could of honestly booted her over the fence at times when she was barking and dd was napping!
How wrong I was lol! Love love love dd and dh and my life but I'm tired and cranky at times and not in control as I wanted to be
Eta: I must enjoy it though (or just a glutton for punishment) as I'm just about to pop out another bundle of joy a lot sooner than I imagined!
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08-10-2015 19:26 #14
I thought I'd be the perfect stepford mum. Reality is that I can't handle being home FT and I need to work PT to stay sane.
But the rest happened as expected....
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08-10-2015 19:36 #16
Yes and no.
Being a mum is what I always wanted to do. I always wanted to be a long term SAHM and I am. I am blessed that my husband wanted this too. I always knew I wasn't going to be the prefect mum. No one in my life was so I assumed I would be either. I was blessed that I had lots of new mums in my life as teen.
No. I didn't expect to have my family over 20 years. I didn't expect it to be this hard. I didn't expect to kids with extra needs.
Parenting is way harder than I expected.
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08-10-2015 19:44 #17
It's hard super hard. With 2 children I found it just about manageable but with my 3rd also having special needs I am finding it super tough. There are days I feel like I'm crumbling apart. It's harder than I could have imagined but most likely due to a different path with my DS who is severely disabled.
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08-10-2015 20:27 #18
Actually I never expected or realised how motherhood would change and affect me as a person. I thought I'd still be ME, but as a mother as well.
It changed my relationships with everyone- DH, parents, friends, colleagues. Things that used to be important to me didn't matter any more. Priorities changed. How I reacted to things changed. How I viewed people and events. I also have less time and patience for things. I'm more confident and assertive when I need to step up.
I expected it to be life changing but not change me so dramatically.
08-10-2015 20:39 #19
I never expected the huge range of emotions a child could evoke. From they are annoying the living crap out of me and I can't stand them right now to oh my gosh I love this precious child more than words can express. That really throw me! Everything else has been pretty on par with my expectations
08-10-2015 20:43 #20
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