You become a parent the moment you conceive your precious bundle, but it’s often not until years later, laundry basket in hand, preschooler saying “mommy” for the fiftieth time in an hour, that the realization hits you.
Moments like these 9, when you stop and mutter “welcome to parenthood” are precious – and you can never explain them to someone who hasn’t been there, too.
9. And you’re always out of batteries.
Because everything in your life suddenly takes batteries.
Welcome to parenthood. Even if you find your tv remotes they no longer have the backs to them.
— Dadman Walking (@dadmann_walking) November 20, 2020
8. So many tripping hazards.
Also, something that smells.
Welcome to parenthood. Your home will be filled with love, laughter, and tripping hazards.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) September 23, 2019
7. This is just one of the worst parts of adulthood.
Especially because it’s not even you putting it down there usually.
Welcome to parenthood. You're the one who has to put their hand into the murky sink water and pull up whatever gross shit is clogging the sink now.
— Lauren Mullen (@DraggingFeeties) October 10, 2018
6. You actually have no idea what time it is.
Because it really doesn’t matter.
Welcome to parenthood. You're awake now. Just whenever.
7 am: awake.
2 am: awake.
— Lauren Mullen (@DraggingFeeties) May 8, 2019
5. I haven’t worn a clean shirt in 4 years.
I suspect it will be awhile before I can make this happen.
Welcome to parenthood. You’ve got something on your shirt and your kid just took their pants off again.
— The Real American Dadass (@R_A_Dadass) May 3, 2018
4. It’s a sobering thought.
At least we have alcohol.
Welcome to parenthood! For the next 18 years, everything you do will be wrong to someone somewhere.
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) October 11, 2019
3. Thank goodness for microwaves.
And crappy Keurig coffee.
Welcome to parenthood. You only drink unintentional iced coffee now.
— Maryfairyboberry🧚🏻♀️ (@maryfairybobrry) November 23, 2019
2. It’s one of the things people never tell you.
You’re dying for alone time, and then as soon as you get it, you feel guilty.
Welcome to parenthood: every relaxing moment you now have is slightly ironic and riddled with guilt.
— Molly England (@bluebonetbabies) February 28, 2018
1. I cannot stop yawning. Ever.
So happy I’m not alone.
Welcome to parenthood. You now yawn in your sleep.
— A Bearer Of Dad News🇬🇾 (@HomeWithPeanut) May 17, 2020
I’m laughing because it’s true, and at least we’re not in this alone.
What was your “welcome to parenthood” moment? Share it with us in the comments!