This is to all the parents out there that get dirty looks as they walk through the store with their screaming kid. The mom with bags under her eyes, staring blankly into nothingness as their kid pulls at her hand insisting that she watch *insert movie/TV show name here* or to the dad who has given so many piggy back rides his back is constantly hurting and he cringes when he hears his kid ask for another one. This is to all the worn out, over tired, under appreciated parents out there.
We have all been there at one point or another. I understand and I can fully relate to the screaming kid you are pushing around in your stroller, pretending s/he isn't screaming in hopes that ignoring it will make them shut up. Wishing you were anywhere but there at that moment. I know whats going through your head and I don't blame you at all for wishing the earth would open up and swallow you whole. I get it. I want to walk over to you and offer to help, there were days I wish someone would have offered it to me. But I don't want to upset you or make you feel like you are a bad parent, I know you already feel like you are as you watch all the other parents walk around with their non screaming kids. So I watch from afar and offer you a smile if you see me looking at you, maybe even a kind word if you are close enough to hear me over Jr's wailing. I promise this too shall pass.
To the mom who is out with a friend and cant focus on the conversation because her 14 month old baby has kept her up every night for the last 14 months, I get it. I know how it is. I hope that your friend will to, but don't count on it if she is childless, she gets 8 or more uninterrupted hours of sleep a night and sleeps until noon on the weekends. She isn't going to understand that you don't quite have the mental ability to offer her advice about her latest disaster of a relationship, or that you may want to choke her for complaining about the bartender kicking her out at 2am when the bar closed and she had to get up at 11 the next day. The blank stare that she doesn't understand, honey I get it and I want you to know that kids will eventually sleep through the night, but you may not for awhile.
To the parent who has come to despise Disney, Nick, and Cartoon Network. I get it. Just remember one day you will find yourself watching those same shows you hate because the kids are in bed and you don't have the energy to find the remote for the 100 time today. Sometime in a future that seems so far away you will long for the days that Jr curled up on the couch next to you and watched his favorite show for the millionth time. You will find yourself wishing that time would rewind and he would be that little kid again, if only for a day. But in the meantime, I get it. I hate those channels too and have wished the most painful horrific death imaginable on the creators of those horribly annoying shows/movies. I understand and am here to assure you in a few months you wont have to watch that show/movie anymore because Jr will have a new most favorite ever movie to torture you with.
To the mom who is awake at 2am crying with their baby, wondering what she is doing wrong, I assure you the crying is normal and you are a good mom. Babies cry, some of the do nothing but eat, poop and cry. Sleep is going to be a thing that you will pray for for at least the next year. Take advantage of any moment you can to catch a nap. Ask a friend or family member to help you one night. It's OK to ask for help when you need it. You cant run on no sleep forever and you don't have to be super woman. This phase will pass and you will wonder where the time went. As hard as it is to imagine, you will miss these days one day. Enjoy them as much as possible and sleep when you can so you can be the best mom in the world.
To the dad who cringes when Jr asks for yet another piggy back ride, just remember one day Jr is going to be too big and you will miss these days. I get it, there are days I don't think my back can take one more trip down the hall with a drooling giggling child sitting on it, but somehow it does and the giggling is well worth it. Dad, take advantage of these moments because one day you will be the enemy and you will look back on these memories to get you through being told that you are hated. Fathers and sons all go through it from what I understand and it will pass. One day your son will be all grown up and you will have that relationship with him again, in the meantime remember the piggy back rides and smile.
To all the parents who don't know how they are going to make it through another day, I get it. I'm right there with you and you are not alone. Smile even when you don't want to, laugh at the silly jokes that you don't understand, give one more piggy back ride, watch one more movie, cry if you have to, sleep when you can, ignore the dirty looks from strangers in the store when Jr is screaming at the top of his lungs and most of all, enjoy every second of being a parent. One day the nest will be empty and you will wonder where time went.
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