We’re at that age now where most of our closest friends and family members are parents. Some have been parents for many years. So it’s fair to say they’re experienced in the art of parenting. They’ve survived the challenges of having a new baby, dealt with sleepless nights, irregular feeding patterns, exploding nappies, crying outbursts, terrible tantrums, the lot!
We however, just a couple of months away from the arrival of our wee one, have not experienced this first hand as yet. Don’t get me wrong, between us we’ve clocked up numerous hours of babysitting, changing nappies, putting baby to bed, 1st birthday parties, reading stories, being jumped on by overexcited nephews, the occasional whack in the gonads by a lightsaber, kneeling on a lego brick etc. But we appreciate that at the end of the day, the kids always went back to their parents and off we went for an uninterrupted nights sleep and a week of television that never once landed on a channel with a prefix of “C”.
Our nearest and dearest however, who we can’t wait to share our own experiences like this with, can’t help but categorise us as people who have absolutely no idea what having a child actually means and does to your life.
They absolutely love their children, and would not be without them. In fact, most say that their children are the best thing that has ever happened to them.
But f**k me if they don’t resent anyone who has not yet endured the challenging task of raising a child. It’s not their fault, they can’t help it. Because until you have a child of your own, you “have no idea”. And they’re not afraid to tell you. In numerous ways. It’s like some sort of parental tourettes where it just blurts out their mouth should any non-parent dare mention a nice weekend away, or an impromptu event, or worst yet, that they are “tired”!
It’s not just our friends and family, it’s everyone. You speak to anyone expecting their first child, they will tell you the same. You parents can’t help it. I bet you experienced it when you were expecting, and I’m sure we will be the same in a year or so.
So with that in mind, here are the top 10 phrases any parent to be will undoubtably hear from an existing parent, leading up to the arrival of their baby.
- You think you’re tired now? You just wait!
- You have no idea!
- You’ve got all of this to come.
- Make the most of it while you can.
- This time next year…
- You can say goodbye to that when you’ve got a baby.
- Oh yeah, I remember when we could do that.
- You won’t be able to do that in a few months!
- You’ll understand when you have a baby.
What do you think? Did I miss any off? Let me know in the comments below.
T-minus 54 days!