My Best Parenthood Surprises (& Giveaway!)

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Parenthood comes on quickly and changes your life forever. I instantly felt changed after Kennedy was born. Your priorities and hopes and dreams shift away from yourself. Parenthood makes you a better person because you are always challenging yourself to be the best that you can be for your child.

We have so many expectations on how parenthood will be. I remember thinking it would always be hard, I would always be tired, and I would feel like the life was sucked out of me. Surprisingly, the opposite happened (although I am always tired, child or no child).

It came so incredibly natural. You just know what to do when your baby is here. When Kennedy reaches new milestones or faces new challenges, I can always read her well and understand what is going on.  It was easy, even when it was hard. I absolutely feel full of more life than I ever have before. While every new day is full of a new set of challenges, it also is full of discoveries, laughs, smiles, kisses, and hugs.

Parenthood also surprises you in other different ways. I have actually surprised myself. Non-mom me would never thought I would ever think some of these things were normal. For example…

– Not being freaked or grossed out whatsoever by my baby’s bodily functions, down to the very texture of excrement. There, I said it. Baby poop.

– Having no shame about having to nurse my child in public. I honestly thought I would not be one of “those moms” (whatever the heck that means) who did that, but if you have ever had a hungry infant on your hands, you know. You just gotta do what you gotta do.

– My knack for memorizing children’s show songs. And performing them on demand.

– How excited I get when my toddler willingly eats her veggies and says “yummy!”

– Using diaper cream to spot treat my acne. I swear it works.

– Crying when packing away all the clothes that don’t fit my ever-too-fast-growing baby.

– Crying at stupid crap. Parenthood makes you become a ball of mush.

So, in a nutshell, parenthood makes you a crazy person. But a crazy person with an amazingly beautiful child. Best of all, nothing can prepare you for the surprise of that intense love that takes over your heart.

While we’re on the topic of surprises….SURPRISE! I’m giving away $50 Walgreens gift card, thanks to Dr. Smith’s! I am so excited to help host this giveaway that they are sponsoring!

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    July 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I always make sure I have a snack in my bag, and some water!

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    Laura Gray
    July 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

    My little guy is only 2 weeks old, so right now I would say PLENTY of diapers! And, since I’m nursing and am always hungry, a snack for me!

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

    My work comp doesn’t let me do give aways. I’ll try to remember when I get home. We have some Dr. Smiths. I think we got it as a shower gift. Good stuff.

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    Cindy Brickley
    July 29, 2013 at 8:34 am

    My credit card!

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    July 29, 2013 at 9:03 am

    My license. I’m not sure why I feel that I need to have that on me at all times – and diapers of COURSE!

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    Michelle @ The Vintage Apple
    July 29, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Baby wipes and an extra outfit for the little man!

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    July 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Just trying for baby but I alwasy have sunblock in my purse

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    July 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I no longer carry small bags, always a big one with lots of wipes.

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    Livin' La Vida Lanphear
    July 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I was most surprised by how little sleep I could survive on!

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    July 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I think the thing that surprises me so far is how connected I feel to this little girl, even though I haven’t met her yet:)

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    July 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I still surprised by things in motherhood. Like, how there are still nights when somebody wakes me up-and I don’t even have a baby.

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    July 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I was surprised that I felt so much love and tenderness since the day my baby was born

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    Amanda Bode
    July 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    the immense amount of love!

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    Barbara Montag
    July 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I was surprised at how fast my schedule went out the door!
    Thank you.

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    Nataly Carbonell
    July 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Hope grew within me, I felt like I was never going to be alone ♥

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    Lisa Brown
    August 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    how quickly my due day can

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    August 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    i loved this post, being a parent is such a wonderful journey!

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    August 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I am surprised at how different two kids can be who were raised together in the same family!

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    Stephanie Ann
    August 2, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    definitely how tired i was!

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    katie ives
    August 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I am so worn out. Exhausted. My little girl is a month and she is up feeding all the time.

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    August 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I’m most surprised by how hard it is to even get pregnant!

    And for a diaper bag – used them when babysitting – the most important thing would be wipes!

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    August 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    how much I would need help

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    Rochelle Amaro
    August 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I’m surprised at how different each pregnancy is different and the level of energy you have.

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