We have a saying in our house. A rather overused one at the moment. It goes ‘ Things they don’t tell you before you become a parent!’
It covers things such as the sheer hell you face when you are ill and you still have a child to entertain for 10 hours, the awkward questions (most recently ‘Mommy why is my willy so big? whilst watching Iggle Piggle and Makka Pakka frolic around the Night Garden) and the fact you end up sleeping most nights with a foot planted on your face.
I definitely wasn’t prepared for the three-nager years. It was like a bolt out of the blue around Finley’s third birthday. My funny, calm, easily pleased baby suddenly became opinionated and fiercely independent.
On a highly anticipated, 5 hour car drive away, fairly expensive trip to Peppa Pig World for his birthday, he spent most of the first day telling us he wanted to go home and refusing to wait in any queues, running to the front resulting in me having to profusely apologise ducking through the crowds trying to catch him whilst bashing people with my backpack.
And what is it with this toilet training saga?! It has honestly been the hardest part of parenting for us so far. We have been at it for almost a year now. He teases us sometimes by being totally on point with it for a few weeks and we smugly think to ourselves ‘yes, high five, we nailed this!’ Then we find a poop down the side of the sofa.
Occasionally he will go on full on potty strike. That is tough and definitely calls for a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates after he’s gone to bed.
We had some naked time at the weekend (Finley, not me!) Frankly, my washing machine couldn’t cope with any more pants! We were playing a bit of rough and tumble and he thought it appropriate to attempt to pee on my face! Is this a boy thing? No one told me this happens!!
But, as us Mommy’s are well aware, despite all of the above, we love these mini people with all our hearts and more. Last week he said to me ‘Mommy, I love you more than all the cars in the garage!’
Another thing they don’t tell you… the earth shattering, heart melting moments make all the pee, poop, hair pulling all worth it!