We watch adorable baby food commercials and think, "I can't wait to have those happy moments with my own kids." When we actually have kids we discover parenting is hard work, sleepless nights and days of questioning our ability to deal with a two-year-old mid-tantrum. It is also life lessons we wouldn't have had without our kiddos!
Lesson #1: It's okay to admit we don't know everything
Part of parenting is feeling unprepared. My first real struggle came during our firstborn's first 3 months, she had severe colic and I had no sleep. My shining moment was at 2:30 am when I was sobbing because the baby was screaming and I told my husband we had to take her back to the hospital because obviously she didn't like me and I had NO idea what I was doing. (Hey, in my sleep deprived state it all made sense to me!)
Parenting teaches us:
We can't know everything, and it's okay that we don't
There are resources out there to help