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Sunday, August 21, 2011

let them be naive

From the book, The Must-Have Mom Manual - Two Mothers, Two Perspectives, One Book That Tells You Everything You Need to Know by Sara Ellington and Stephanie Triplett on page 9 Elliington wrote, "I didn't realize it then, but those first few months are actually an essential lesson on the reality of motherhood. It ain't like the pictures in the magazines, honey. But even if someone had told me that when I was pregnant, I wouldn't have heard it. I couldn't give up on the dream. Motherhood, like life, is messy and often chaotic, and those magazine moments I described are few and far between. Real motherhood is located somewhere on the far opposite end of the spectrum from Martha Stewart."

It's so true... I don't think any of us would have believed how crazy motherhood is if people had truly been honest with us before we delivered the baby. I suppose your pregnant friends will find out sooner or later what it's really like, so maybe it's nice to let them live in the fantasy world a bit longer where things are pretty and fluffy and cute and never crying or spitting up!

Those 9 (TEN!) months are tough. We should let them enjoy at least something during pregnancy - their dreams! We had no clue either before we became moms. It's not something you can imagine or explain anyhow. You just have to live it. And soon you pregnant gals will live it! And it will be as amazing as you expected and harder than you expected, but still back to amazing.

For the rest of us post-pregnant people, let's just let them be naive.

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