3 Things No One Tells You About Being a Mother

May is officially here! Which means that Mothers Day is right around the corner. Many like to take this day to appreciate the woman who raised them, taught them everything they know and showed them love and affection since day one (even though they spilled juice on her new sofa). But being a mom is not for the faint of heart; it’s a lifelong endeavor that is filled with surprises all along the way; some good, some bad… but all rewarding. That’s why we’re helping moms ease into the journey, whether you’ve got 1 child or 10, here are 3 things no one tells you about being a mother.

1) You’re going to feel overwhelmed
This one may seem like a bit of a no-brainer, but we can’t stress it enough. Whether you’ve made a pact to be supermom or you’re using a more hands-off approach, raising a child, in one aspect or another is going to make you feel overwhelmed. In fact, sometimes you may even feel outnumbered by your child. Most of your life will be devoted to making sure your child is brought up in the best conditions possible, so it’s normal to feel like you have no control. Don’t freak out. It may take some adjusting, but just as your mother did, and hers before her, you too will adapt and begin to amaze yourself with how well you handle it all. Don’t forget to also take a breath whenever you can and enjoy yourself before parenting stress takes over!

2) You’re going to get messy
Although it may be a bit of an understatement, you can expect to get messy…and it’s totally all right. Even the neatest of moms have had times when their home is a total mess, riddled with toys, clothes and dishes from 2 days ago. It’s going to happen. When it does, don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s from your spouse, relative or even a nanny, you’ll be glad you did. If not, try to allocate a little extra time every day to get a little bit of cleaning done. By the end of the week, you’ll have a spotless space that you certainly won’t regret. After all, what’s more relaxing than knowing that you’ll be getting in after a long day to a clean home?

 3) You’re going to have a newfound appreciation for silence
This might make moms feel a little bit guilty, but after listening to a crying child for what seems like days on end, being sleep deprived and not being able to recall the last time you took a shower…the sound of silence will be the sweetest gift you could possibly receive. Don’t feel bad, moms are only human too and they need time to recuperate. So whether you take 10 minutes every morning before your child wakes up or take a weekend long vacation in the middle of nowhere, some “me” time is going to do a lot more good than harm.