There are tons of things that people tell you before you become a mum. Like how your life is about to change dramatically with the sleepless night and the lack of couple time or me time But there are also other things that you learn and realise about yourself through motherhood. These are some of the things that no one told me before I became a mum..
1) Strongest and Weakest
No one told me that when I become a mum, I’ll be the strongest and weakest I’ve ever been in my life. Strongest because I have to put up a brave front when my kids are hurting and tell them that everything will be ok. Even if all I want to do is go into a panic frenzy or curl in a ball and cry with them. Weakest because I am now the most vulnerable I have ever been in my life. My life is no longer just about me and what happens to me. It is now also about my little ones and I can’t imagine life without them or them without me.
2) Superhuman Powers
No one told me that when I become a mum, I will develop superhuman powers namely extreme speed and incredible strength. Speed because have you seen how quickly a mother can move across a room when her child is in danger or well when the child poses as a danger to a piece of her furniture. Strength because apart from carrying a baby inside of her for 9 months, a mother can carry incredible loads when the need calls for it. A 15kg child, a diaper bag, and groceries? No problem! Oh what is that? I dropped my keys? Oh no worries I’ll pick it up myself, piece of cake!
3) New standards for Hygiene and Cleanliness
No one told me that when I become a mum, I will have new standards for hygiene and cleanliness. My new standard for hygiene and cleanliness would require me to scrutinise all public surfaces that my child would come in contact with or make sure that my child’s hands are clean in case he decides that my white sofa is a good place to rest his tiny hands on. My new standard for hygiene and cleanliness also means that I have no problems dealing with my child’s poop and pee and we mothers know what I mean by ‘dealing with’. For those who don’t, yes I mean it in the literal sense. Such sweet irony!
What are some of the things you have learnt about yourself after becoming a mum? 🙂