A friend recently asked me what the hardest transition was when I became a mom. I didn't have an answer, because they were all hard. Everything changed. The woman who asked me is, of course, pregnant with her first. I remember being in her shoes, and it wouldn't have mattered if I gave it to her straight... she wouldn't have believed me. Because before you have kids, you just don't have any idea how upside-down your life gets turned, and how different it will be forevermore. It wasn't that long ago, before she got pregnant, that I made note of the comments she made and now I get the pleasure of throwing them back in her face... I mean, sharing them with you. Here are the top five annoying things people without kids say to people with kids:
5. I know exactly what you mean, I have a puppy. No, I'm sorry, you didn't just compare a baby to a puppy, did you?!
4. *Yawn* I am SO tired. Right. You're so tired. How many times did the baby wake you up last night? Did your dog yak on the bedroom carpet at 1 a.m. too? (Yeah, in addition to my kids, I, too, have a dog.) Did your oldest wake up at 3 a.m. because he "heard a monster" under the bed? Hmph. Tired. Go back to your full night's sleep in your big bed without a toddler kicking you in the face 10 times in the one hour of solid sleep that you're actually getting.
3. I am so busy, I have no free time. Honey, just wait until you have kids. Then you'll wonder what you did with all that free time.
2. I'm totally broke, I went to three weddings in the last few months. Ha! In preschool, when kids are placed in classes by birthdays, you will have a party every. Single. Weekend. For two months straight. Let's not even talk about how a sitter is sometimes needed, since "Siblings Cannot Be Accommodated."
and, the Number 1 annoying thing people without kids say to people with kids is:
1. When I have kids, I'll never let them [fill in the blank]. What, eat sugar? Watch TV? Talk to you like that? Mmhmm. Remember, I once stood exactly where you are standing. And you will definitely let them [fill in the blank].
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