Hi, my name is Trisha and I’m 9 months pregnant and still chasing a 21-month-old around town (and the house). It’s not easy.
Seriously, you thought your first pregnancy was hard? Try doing it while caring for a little one who not only has no idea why you’re suddenly huge and tired, but even if they did, seriously couldn’t care less about your excuses for not wanting to sit on the floor.
There’s more. So much more – and below are 10 things that will make other moms in my shoes feel so seen.
#10. The kids are already practicing their opposite schedules.
When you finally get your toddler to sleep at night, the baby will inevitably wake up and start training for their World Cup debut using your bladder as their soccer ball.
#9. You don’t pay as much attention to your diet.
With my first, I made sure to eat the recommended amount and kind of vegetables and fruit, etc, with every meal and made sure nothing on the “no” list found its way onto my plate. Now? I eat whatever I can stuff in my face before my kid needs me (or destroys something). Sorry, Number Two.
#8. You learn more than ever that your toddler has no sympathy for your plight.
My kid seemed concerned when I tossed my cookies every morning, but really he just wanted me to get out of the way so he could flush something valuable down the toilet.
#7. You can break a sweat dressing your kid.
Or, if they’re old enough to dress themselves, you couldn’t care less what they look like leaving the house as long as all of the necessary parts are covered.
#6. Your standards disappear.
For parenting, your house, clean dishes, laundry, you name it – you’re huge, uncomfortable, and can’t move fast enough to fix things before they get terrible, anyway. So screw it.
#5. You’ll be navigating all new toddler feelings.
They may not be old enough to understand exactly how their world is about to change, but they’re intuitive enough to realize that something is different with mommy – and they’ll be stuck to you like glue as a result. You thought sleeping pregnant was hard? Try sleeping pregnant with a toddler trying to mold himself back into your body.
#4. Your experience counts.
Your hospital bag is full of essentials only, and instead of prepping an entire (adorable) nursery you pick up a bassinet, wash some onesies, buy some diapers, and call things ready to go.
#3. You’ll feel as if your body will never be yours again.
Between your toddler hanging on you, wiping their hands on your sleeve, or passing along dirty Kleenexes and renting actual body cavity space to your next-born, it’s easy to feel as if your body doesn’t belong to you. If you plan to breastfeed, don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
#2. You’ll worry about how to be a mom to someone else.
How could you possibly love another human being as much as the one who drives you nuts day in and day out? I don’t know, but people say your heart magically doubles in size. I can’t wait.
#1. Remember naps? Good times.
Here’s hoping your kid will give you a break, but even if they do, you’ll likely have too much to do to even think about closing your eyes when they do.
Only a few more weeks to go. We can make it, y’all.