Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Why I am Ready to Pull My Hair Out

There are some unspoken things about parenthood that I SO did not expect. Of course, immediately there were the usual pregnancy surprises...and then the "I-just-had-a-baby-and-look-eight-month-pregnant" horrendous surprise...and then the c-section surprises...and, of course, the "how did my heart explode with so much love so quickly" surprise...and the "I can't imagine a second of my life before these special little loves of my life came" surprise. But the thing that has completely caught me off guard the most about parenthood that I was so not expecting is...

 All. The. Whining.

Why didn't anyone tell me?
 I mean, literally, whining every second of every day. We wake up and there's whining. We eat breakfast and there's whining. We eat lunch and there's whining. And fighting. And more whining. There's timeout and there's whining. There's play. There's whining. There's a whole bunch of "You're not invited to my party's!" and then more whining. I literally am telling a child to stop whining EVERY. SECOND. OF. EVERY. DAY.

So then, after the initial "Why didn't anyone tell me?" thought, it then occurred to me that maybe no one told me because it's not a normal thing to experience?
Guys, I need help here. I am lost. I have tried everything I know to do in my Nanny-bag-o-tricks, in my mama-bag-o-tricks, AND I've even pulled out my teacher-bag-o-tricks and I am lost. I have tried ignoring it. Correcting it. Getting down to their level and explaining it. Modeling it. Consequencing it (can you make consequence into a verb? Well, I just did.). Seriously. What else is there left to do? Am I the only one experiencing this?

Please, TELL ME. AM I ALONE?!?!?
Of course, there are also a LOT of wonderful, happy, joyful, adorable moments. Mostly when they're sleeping. ;-) Okay, not really. Thank goodness there are enough hugs, "Mama I love you's", and the most heart-exploding adorableness to get me through the rest of the day before I pluck out every single hair out of my head.

I'm pretty sure it's the definition of insanity that after a day where I've had to give myself 4,506,318 pep-talks that start with, "Do not pull your hair not pull your hair out..." I'm left thinking at night when they all go to bed (and the house is quiet and I see three precious babies that I carried in my belly a short time ago sleeping soundly with such innocent adorable looks on their faces) "What a great day! We should have another baby! Wouldn't it be such a blessing to have four precious little ones?!?"...only to wake up in the morning with the whining ALL. OVER. AGAIN. And I'm left starting my day thinking, "WHAT WAS I THINKING LAST NIGHT?!?"


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You are not alone! Isn't it funny how those IG pictures we share just show such adorable little smiling faces, with no sign of the whining that surrounds those two seconds of cuteness? You are SO not alone. And it drives me absolutely insane, too (I have two boys, 4 and 2, with a third baby on the way - I'm erinmich82 on IG) - and I also question whether it's ME doing something wrong to cause it!! But I think kids just whine, and we have to do what we can to remain calm (ha!) and correct them. But oh, it's hard.

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hudson just started the whining a few days ago and I'm already going crazy! I've got no tips, but you are definitely not the only one. On the bright side, at least you can have a drink at the end of the day. ;)

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are so right! Wine is my life saver. Hehe! =)

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh yes! All those happy pictures...making it look like everything is always so deceiving! =) I am so glad I am not alone!!! It feels better to know that I'm in this with the rest of you!

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