From one of my favorite TV Mama’s:
“Raising a kid is like sending a rocket ship to the moon. You spend the early years in constant contact and then one day, around the teenage years, they go around the dark side and they’re gone. All you can do is wait for that faint signal that says they’re coming back.” – Claire Dunphy, Modern Family
So, Modern Family might not be the best example of parenting, but I do appreciate the humor.
If there’s anything I’ve learned in these first 3 months of being a Mama it’s to find the humor in being a parent. Yes, it’s a wonderful experience and a huge blessing, but sometime’s it’s hard and you just have to laugh your way through a tough day.
I remember the first week I was home solo with Merfbaby and we had one of those diaper changes. You know…the one where your one hand is full of baby feet, and the other is clutching a fresh diaper – index finger poised with Desitin when suddenly your entire forearm is coated in babypoo. HOW did that just happen? I remember standing there and just laughing so hard. I didn’t even know where to begin.
Cherish these early years of constant contact. Find the humor in the hard days. Soon enough they’ll be on the other side of the moon and you’ll be waiting for them to come around and think you’re a pretty cool Mama after all.
If not, I’m totally telling that story to his high school Prom date.