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15 things about motherhood that no one warns you about

In Features, Motherhood, Stories by Nicole Fuge

You can read all the books, listen to all of the podcasts, follow all the social pages. But there are just some things about motherhood that you don’t find out about – until you’re in it.

By Charlotte Cruz

1. Berries, Darling, Berries

Oh, the cost of those tiny, juicy fruits. Ever found yourself splurging on pricey blueberries just to keep your little one happy? Well, I have, and my bank account is still recovering. Mortgage extension, anyone?

2. The Empathy Overflow

Suddenly, every news story about a child in peril has me bawling. It’s like becoming a parent opens up this vast ocean of empathy you never knew you had.

3. Crap conversation

Who knew you could have so many conversations about baby poo? It’s like a daily discussion topic in our household now.

4. Bye-Bye, Shopping Sprees

Remember those days of browsing for chic dresses or fancy homeware? Yeah, me neither. These days, it’s all about filling carts with baby essentials. I’m a mess, but my little ones? Picture-perfect and entertained.

5. Sleep = Luxury

Six uninterrupted hours of sleep? It’s like winning the lottery, and it deserves a celebration.

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6. Kids’ Gourmet vs. My Leftovers

My kids dine like kings while I’m scraping their leftovers. It’s a weird new world where I’ll whip up a fancy meal for them but can’t muster the energy to boil an egg for myself.

7. Sleepless Nights Are Normal

Despite what every ‘sleep expert’ says, some kids just don’t sleep through the night for a while, and that’s perfectly okay.

8. The Eternal Dishwasher and Laundry Cycle

They’re never empty. Ever. Just accept it.

9. Nap Time Roulette

Planning anything during nap time is a gamble. Babies have this uncanny ability to sense the worst time to stay awake.

10. Nap Time Productivity

Who knew you could do a day’s worth of tasks in the short window of a baby’s nap?

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11. Sleepless Even When They Sleep

Even on the rare nights my baby sleeps through, I’m up, checking on him. It’s a mum thing.

12. Missing Nighttime Cuddles

The paradox of motherhood – feeling sad about missing those midnight cuddles when your baby finally sleeps through.

13. Accidents Happen

Your baby might have a tumble, and it’s okay. We’ve all been there, feeling like the worst parent ever, but these things happen.

14. Breastfeeding Rollercoaster

It’s not always easy or natural. Those first weeks can be a real challenge, but it does get better.

15. The days are long but the years are short

It’s a cliché because it’s true. One day they’re babies, the next they’re… well, not. Time flies in the blink of an eye.

So, to all the new and expecting mummies out there – brace yourselves for an adventure filled with surprises, learning curves, and a love like no other. Welcome to the wild world of parenting.

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