What I Wish I Would Have Known…

There are volumes of things that I wish I would have known before I had children.  Thankfully I still have younger children, and I’m learning these things now, before it’s too late.  Here are some that come to mind as I sit here in a quiet house and they all sleep peacefully in their beds.

  1. To enjoy the time that you have with your husband before you have children… you won’t have time like that again for quite awhile, and you’ll miss it.
  2. That time goes by so quickly.
  3. Prepared to be tired almost all of the time.
  4. That parenting will bring out the worst in a person…
  5. but it will also bring out the best.
  6. That the hard seasons seem to be never ending, but they will pass.
  7. To remember the joyous seasons, because they are easily forgotten during those hard seasons.
  8. That you may feel like you are doing the most unappreciated job in the world, but it is the most important thing that you will ever do.
  9. That your husband and partner is your greatest ally on this earth.  Keep that relationship a top priority.
  10. That it’s okay to admit that you don’t know what you’re doing… everyone else feels the same way, whether they will admit it or not.
  11. Warm moist air for babies will help them breathe easier.
  12. It seems impossible, but each year passes more quickly than the last, until you feel like one year passes will soon pass in the blink of an eye.
  13. That it’s okay to put your kids first.  Society tells us that we need to take care of ourselves, and we do, but we only have these gifts for a short time.  Pour into them while you can, because they will be grown and gone before you know it.

What do you wish you would have known?