Tonight as I climb in to bed my feet are aching, I look down and realize that I never changed out of my pajamas, and I can’t help but let out a few laughs thinking about all the unexpected antics that Luke was up to this weekend. Luke was definitely having one of his “I’m ALL boy, I’m a curious toddler and I’m going to test the limits” weekends. This meant that every minute I didn’t know what he would come up with to entertain himself!

Each and every day I am struck with how much motherhood surprises me. It still seems like those infant days were just a couple weeks ago. As I sit here under the covers I thought I’d share some of the things about being a parent that have surprised me the most. All of these moments (happy, exhausting, icky, and more) are all moments that have been cherished. Each of them have made me a better person and mother.

10 Things That Surprised Me About Parenthood

1. I had no clue how much of my life and conversations would be focused around poop (or other similar icky topics such as vomit, snot/boogers, diaper rash, etc). Side note, I learned really quickly that you don’t mess with diaper rash! I keep a stock of Dr. Smith’s Diaper Ointment on hand at all times. If your baby’s little bum shows the slightest bit of redness slather it on! Best yet, Dr. Smith’s is based here in my home town, San Antonio AND you can find it nationwide at Walgreens! Just click here to find a retailer near you!

10 Things That Surprised Me About Parenthood

10 Things That Surprised Me About Parenthood

2. I couldn’t even fathom the depth that love could go. As soon as I held Luke in my arms I was knocked out of the water by my immediate love of him.

10 Things That Surprised Me About Parenthood3. Being a parent is the biggest guessing game ever! Each day I’m constantly questioning if I’m making the right decisions.

4. Breastfeeding is INCREDIBLY hard. You’d think something that is supposed to be so natural would actually come NATURALLY!

5. Things that freaked me out at first I totally got over. For example, don’t eat that food that’s lying on the floor.

10 Things That Surprised Me About Parenthood

6. Everyone says how fast they grow up…well it’s true! It happens at light speed and you’d do anything to slow it down.

7. I probably sound like a crazy parrot most of the time. I’m constantly jabbering to Luke, naming everything and then repeating it over and over again.

10 Things That Surprised Me About Parenthood

8. You’ll need a major patience reserve. Particularly when your child discovers the toilet and likes to put EVERYTHING in it!

10 Things That Surprised Me About Parenthood

9. You will become obsessed with your child. It will be all you think about and talk about.

10 Things That Surprised Me About Parenthood

10. How life looks completely different through the eyes of a mother.

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Disclaimer: I received compensation and product for this post from Dr. Smith’s Diaper Ointment. All opinions expressed here are my own.

225 Responses

    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      I love me some lip balm too!! I just found this awesome organic brand called Celadon Road!

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  1. Megan

    Well, I totally agree about the poop! I am an Aunt, and I helped out for a year with my neice and nephews and I was the one that got the bag together most of the time. Wipes was the biggest must have!

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    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      You must be the BEST AUNT EVER!! How nice of you to help out!! I’m sure mom was very appreciative and those babies will love you forever!

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  2. ELIZA E

    The biggest thing for me about being a mom is the time it takes. I have learned to be patient if anything – it really makes you put them first.

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  3. Denise S

    The question I’m seeing is what surprised you about being a parent. That they were not the angels I imagined they’d be!

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  4. Deirdre

    I have become surprised at how easily I can fall asleep next to a dreaming toddler and not feel guilty about it. Even a busy mom needs a nap sometimes!

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    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      I always say there is nothing like sleeping next to your baby!

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  5. Nataly Carbonell

    Babies are extremely delicate and can get sick very easily

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  6. Mya Murphy

    Well considering not everyone is able to have children, I find this question kinda not right. After miscarriages upon miscarriages, I want to cry πŸ™ Thanks for the reminder. I’m sorry, but questions like this really irritate me.

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    • April M.

      Mya, you can read whatever blogs you want to. This one is about MOTHERHOOD. Why would you make the author feel bad about writing on the subject HER BLOG IS BASED ON??

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    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      Hi Mya – I’m so terribly sorry for all that you’ve gone through. It truly breaks my heart. I’m going to say an extra prayer for you tonight. I know that can offer little to no comfort but sometimes it feels good to know that someone else is praying for you too. Even if it is a stranger.

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  7. Tanya White

    That being a parent is the hardest job I will ever have to do.

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  8. Adrienne gordon

    I was surprised at how easy the change was to being a parent.

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  9. Jaque R.

    I think the thing that surprised me the most is how everyone knew more than I did about parenting. πŸ™‚ Thank you.

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  10. Tamar

    That your kids can be well behaved at home and devils in summer camp.

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  11. Sandy VanHoey

    What surprised me the most when I had my children was that along with all the love you have for them and are now your world, also came so much worry and fear something could happen to them. I hurt as much as they did or probably more when they got a bump, bruise or anything else.

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  12. Morgan Moeller

    Not a momma quite yet, we are expecting our first any day now…but I am surprised at how EXHAUSTED I am. I know this is just the beginning!

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    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      Congratulations!! That is SO exciting!! I wish you the very best on a very healthy and quick delivery!

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  13. Starr Greenwell

    the thing that surprised me the most was the all encompassing love that hits you the minute you see your baby.

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  14. rich morris

    i was surprised by how you’ll do for your l’il princess even if it’s not what your used to doing growing up as a boy/man

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  15. Ann Fantom

    I was surprised at how quickly my priorities in life changed

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  16. maureen

    The all consuming love even though I am not a parent but I have nieces and nephews that I help my siblings with.
    I was the parent for a nephew at preschool where there had to be a Parents and my sister could not go as she had other young children one with a heart health issue.

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  17. Erika W.

    My biggest surprise in parenting has been the weird reflexes I suddenly acquired…like the one where I automatically put my hands out in front of their mouths when they’re vomiting somewhere where there is no toilet or sink readily available.

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  18. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie)

    the amount of love that one can feel

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    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      Oh how true!!! I was a walking zombie for the first 3 months!

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  19. Stephanie Larison

    I was surprised about how much negativity can come from others. The pushy preachy kind that try to change women to parent their way, the way they think is correct. You never see how deep it is until your little one is here.

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  20. Samantha

    My baby’s first birthday is next month I could definitely use this!!!!!

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  21. corrie

    i am currently 26 weeks pregnant and shocked how exhausted i am and how many naps i take.

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  22. Katelyn Graves

    Even though everyone said they grow so fast it was still a surprise when you are actually experiencing it!

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  23. Natasha

    I was surprised at how I really would get odd cravings!

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  24. Linda

    My thought process changed. My child taught me how to really love unconditionally.

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  25. Veronica L.

    Being a mom of 4 boys, I never expected to smile so much. To laugh so much, and to love so much πŸ™‚

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    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      Wow! 4 Boys! What an incredible blessing! I bet you are one busy mommy!

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  26. April Brenay

    That kids can make the same faces you can and use it against you…especially when they are 2!

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  27. Theresa M

    The biggest thing I have learned is to trust the Lord and don’t worry so much when the kids are getting older in their teen years.

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  28. Deborah Mireles

    what surprised me about being a parent is that I could love another person so deeply and completely and manage to do that 3 times. My children are older but I love them just as much as when they were little. They are part of me and will always be!

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  29. Arthur Anderson

    My wife is pregnant with our first now and she says the thing that surprised her most was the positive pregnancy test. I knew she was pregnant before the positive result though.

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    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      How did you know?! You are such a sweet hubby to enter her! Thank you for stopping by!

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  30. gen

    that motherhood is the hardest but most rewarding job you wlll ever do in life

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  31. Valencia

    The biggest surprise was seeing so much of myself in him as he was growing up.

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  32. Krissie M

    What surprised me the most was becoming pregnant after trying so long! Almost 4 months along now. πŸ™‚

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    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      What a joyous celebration!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

      Reply
  33. Cynthia C

    I was surprised by how utterly and completely my life changed by being a parent.

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  34. Shani F.

    I was surprised by how difficult it was to get used to the little amount of sleep you have as a nursing mother and that overtime, your body adjusts to this small amount of sleep.

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  35. Katherine H

    I was surprised that I never stop worrying about my kids safety!

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  36. Tari Lawson

    I was surprised that the hospital just let me go home without any real training or information on how to care for a newborn.

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  37. Mary Happymommy

    I was really surprised when I needed to have an emergency c-section with my first child. The thought of a c-section had barely entered my mind prior to that.

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    • tori@torijohnsonpr.com

      I had to have a c-section as well. I actually found it to be super easy though!

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  38. Barbara Montag

    I was surprised at always being so hungry – thank you.

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  39. Valerie Taylor Mabrey

    How I am always thinking of more than myself
    vmkids3 at msn dotcom

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  40. kim

    The thing that suprised me the most is how fast it all goes one day I wished they could, talk, walk, etc now I wish I could go back and slow it all down it goes by way to fast and then it is gone!!

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  41. cathy moore

    How much time it takes – you cannot be selfish!

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  42. Susan Smith

    I was suprised that breastfeeding came so easily for me and my babies. I breastfed both of my children for a year and while it was a definite time commitment I really enjoyed it.

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  43. MaryL

    All so true. I am way past the toddler stage of my children growing up – my eldest are in college! However, when I look at them I see them as toddlers, kindergartners, awkward preadolescences and a baby in my arms all at once. It’s a sweet sweet feeling.

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  44. Jean Cox

    I didn’t know half of what I thought I knew by reading all of the books and magazines!

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  45. Jean Cox

    I didn’t know half of what I thought I knew by reading the books and magazines!

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  46. Kelly D

    The bond I have with my children surprised me the most.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  47. amybelle2001

    what surprised me the most is the utter dependency our daughter has on me (it’s also a little frightening)

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  48. jo n

    The thing that surprised me the most is how much love there is.

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  49. Erica H

    How much more difficult the toddler years are versus the infant time!

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  50. Cathy Shaw

    The absolute individuality each child has. They come into the world with their own temperament.

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  51. Crystal F

    Being able to love a second child as much as the first. I thought there was no way I could love someone else as much as I loved my first daughter. When my second daughter came, the love came with her. Thank you!

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  52. Christine Waddell

    As a grandparent the thing that has surprised me the most is how quickly they learn things and their take on the things they see.

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  53. April Yedinak

    I was surprised at how crippling sleep deprivation could be. I had no idea what I was in for.

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  54. Yesenia

    I was surprised by an explosive poop my son once had when he was about a month old that literally reached the opposite wall of the nursery. My husband and I were shocked and then we just started laughing!

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  55. Amanda Rauch

    My biggest surprise about becoming a parent is how much my parenting style changed over the years! There are definitely things I would change if there was a redo button!!

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  56. Jessie C.

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

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  57. Jennifer R.

    The thing that surprised me the most about being a parent is the instant bond and protectiveness you get the minute you see them. As an adoptive mom I was concerned about the bonding period and found I had nothing to worry about.

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  58. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I’m Still Surprised On How Fast The Kids Grow!

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  59. Amanda

    the incredibly amount you love him/her no matter what!

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  60. Barb K

    About how will full a child can be. If they don’t want to do something they won’t do it. It seems like no matter what.

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  61. Paula V

    I’m not a parent of a human child, is that okay? I am a first time dog owner of a little 9lb Morkie who IS my baby. I surprised me how much I could love a dog especially since I was a past dog hater.

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  62. Angela M.

    I had a lot of experience babysitting before so I thought being a parent would be like a 24 hour babysitter but I’m so glad that it’s so much more than that! I love investing my whole heart into my daughter and I love that she’s given her whole heart to me!

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  63. golden storm

    the biggest thing for me is even when they r grown up they never lose their love for the family home and I think its great!!

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  64. Mary Beth Elderton

    My big surprise was how much I wanted everything….everything!…for him. Every single advantage. More than I’ve ever wanted things for myself.

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  65. Karen M.

    I was so surprised (and still am) of how selfless I’ve become since the birth of my son. Who knew!??

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  66. Sara Wood

    The most surprising thing to me is how hard but worth it being a parent would be.

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  67. Kim Kihega

    What surprised me most was how much I instantly loved my little one when they were born. That love is unlike any other!

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  68. Jessica K.

    the bond that is formed right away. everyone always says it, but until you actually experience it, that is when you understand it!

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  69. Victoria Carlson

    I am not a parent yet and am not expecting. But being a nanny, it surprised me how much of a personality a child can get so quickly!

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  70. rachel travis

    I am not expecting but I’ve heard many women say they loved being pregnant – they felt very confident!

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  71. Lorna England

    The most surprising thing to me was/is that children suck the life out of you! .. mentally and physically! Every minute, every day. You never “turn off” being a mom. Even at 18, my son is always forefront in my mind. Of course it’s incredibly rewarding; the most important and under-rated job!

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  72. Rebecca Graham

    The biggest surprise is the amount of sleep that is lost.

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  73. Mike Bratek

    How hard it is! You can read all the manuals, blogs, and books, but its still the hardest thing–raising kids in today’s tough and trying times!

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  74. deanna hanson

    how you wory about everything or are afraid for everything they do

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  75. robyn paris

    i love how much joy i’ve been given by being a parent

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  76. Ashleigh W

    That not everyone can prepare you for how they may turn out. We recently found out my two year old has sensory processing disorder.

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  77. Lynda Thomas

    I was surprised at how extremely exhausted I was after having my first son! Then, VERY surprised at how great I felt after having my second! It really is different every time. πŸ™‚

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  78. stephanie

    I am surprised everyday, watching my children grow into what seems to be decent human beings is amazing, and I’m at awe that it seems I am doing something right.

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  79. MaryAnn

    That babies are not the worst. lol. I thought when my son was a baby that it was horrible all of the sleepless nights, etc. then he became a toddler.

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  80. Bridget Heiple Reich

    It’s surprising how exhausting it is! But, it’s also surprising how much you love your children. I never even knew I had that much love to give. They are such a joy and so much fun! πŸ™‚ It also surprises me how much my 2 year old picks up. He knows exactly how to make his 7 year old sister mad! LOL!! πŸ™‚

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  81. Kayte CookWatts

    I am not a parent but I am a proud auntie! I think the thing that surprised me the most about getting to know my niece was how much a 2 year old could make me laugh.She is one funny kid!

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  82. Raine

    The (sad) thing that surprised me the most is how fast they grow up. I still think of my kids as young, but my son graduated this year *sniff* and my daughter 14 *aarrgh* lol, I also thought they would get along-ha!!! P.S. everyone-take LOTS of pictures, I have certain times I wish I had taken more.

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  83. Elle

    The thing that surprised me most was how independent my babies wanted to be. I loved how they each had their own personality!

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  84. Nicole Vosburgh

    When I was pregnant, I was so surprised at how much I still managed to get done each day.

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  85. Katie Bellamy

    The first kick I felt when I was pregnant was amazing! Craziest and best feeling, ever!

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  86. Jen Haile

    I’m most surprised by how quickly they’ve grown!

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  87. Hanna R

    Parenthood changes your entire perspective on things. For example, I love raspberries so much that I planted a bush in our garden. It turns out my toddler loves them too. Now I save all the berries for him- I’ve only had a few all season!

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  88. Danielle Porter

    How much you feel overwhelmed, but happy and excited you get! And the baby isn’t even here yet!

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  89. Tiffany Hearn

    I learned that I thought I knew much more than I really did before having kids. I read so many books to be prepared but realized you just have to figure some things out as you go.

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  90. Helga

    The biggest surprise of becoming a step mom was realizing how suddenly you have to think of someone who really needs you before anything else!

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  91. Kari

    My kids are teens now. It was surprising to me that parenting teens is sometimes harder than when they are little babies.

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  92. steph gregory

    I didnt know how much I could do on three hours sleep!!

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  93. Laura Jacobson

    I was surprised by how fast they grow and change! So glad to have lots of pictures!

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  94. Melissa B.

    I was surprised by how little sleep I got after the babies came.

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  95. Vicki Furrin on Rafflecopter

    Actually I choose not to have any children. However my sister has two and I went through the first pregnancy with her, from the moment she found out she was pregnant through labour and the birth. I guess the thing that surprised me was how little weight she put on even though she was perfectly healthy throughout. That and it was about 6 1/2 months before you could even tell she was pregnant though she’s very petite.

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  96. Caitlin

    How much you never knew how much your parents loved you until you experience that same love for your child!

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  97. dorrie turner

    The one thing that surprises me is how fast they grow, take pictures, make memories every year of your life, for one day that independent soul you shaped into an adult will fly the nest. On a lighter note, from the time you get pregnant, it seems like you never get caught up on sleep, no matter how hard you try, but it’s worth it!

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  98. Denise Ri

    We have two toddlers, 17 months apart (and that is the age of the youngest right now). I feel like we had twins. It definitely surprised me and put us off on having a third for at least 4 years!

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  99. dani marie

    no kids yet but my nephew is the joy of my life. not even blood related and i couldnt love him more if i tried.

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  100. Sheila Cooper

    How drastically my life would change. It is no longer about me!

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  101. Theresa D

    The thing that surprised me most about being a parent is how much patience you must have.

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  102. Ellie W

    How another’s well being could become the most important thing in the world.

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  103. Jill Myrick

    What surprised me the most was not knowing that I could love any one as much as I do my children.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  104. Carolsue

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

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  105. Melissa

    How I could possibly be so exhausted, but have my heart so full all the time.

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  106. Deb S

    I was surprised by the awe that I felt. People always say there is no love like you have for your child but to feel it is amazing.

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  107. Shayna

    I dont have kids yet. However, the thing that surprised me the most with my niece was how smart she is, even from the very beginning.

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  108. Cathy

    I do love dr smiths. We learned about this miracle butt balm when our second was in the hospital and the pedi suggested it to us. LOVE IT! That same lil one is now almost 15 and a baseball catcher and still uses dr smiths – we just call it butt cream here – when he gets rashes from all his gear!

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  109. Candice Hull

    I am surprised by everything and two kids down, I still am surprised daily. So…to pick one thing, and I don’t want to go serious or I might cry, I am surprised by how many times a day I have to say “stop licking that”
    Thanks

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  110. Pat B

    How much of an individual they each are. Nothing alike.

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  111. David

    You always hear about the lack of sleep in the first few months, but I was surprised at how little I actually got.

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  112. hannah

    I’m not a parent – yet! What surprised me the most was how hard it is to get pregnant!

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  113. Robin

    I was surprised on how many times a baby could wake up in the middle of the night.

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  114. Peter G

    How quickly the time goes by from middle school to high school.

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  115. Victoria C

    The biggest surprises for me were how quickly the babies grow, how different each one is at such a young age, and how incredibly messy they are!

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  116. Valeen

    The thing that surprised me the most is how well their radar is trained. They know instantly when I’m in the bathroom! They rush their instantly sticking their fingers under the door and hollering for me!

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  117. Tiffany Mann

    The biggest thing that surprised me about being a parent is the time investment. I knew that kids took a lot of attention, but I didn’t realize how much it would be.

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  118. Richard Hicks

    Biggest surprise to me was how much time and effort it took to monitor them constantly

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  119. Roxann

    Before I was a parent I wasn’t a patient person. After I had my first child I became more patient which surprised me.

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  120. Tim Stephens

    I was surprised at just how much my heart hurts when I’m away from my kids.

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  121. Sherrr G.

    The most surprising thing is that my kids are so different from me and such unique individuals. It’s like neither genetics or the environment had a lot of impact. It’s mostly a good thing – they can both be very creative – but hard to get my arms around at times – because they are both very stubborn also.

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  122. kolpin

    that the bond could be so instantaneous!

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  123. Lisa Garner

    What surprised me most about being a parent was how I immediately felt an immense love and strong bond with each of my children.

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  124. Rebecca Lock

    How completely different each child can be from another.

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  125. Terry Cross

    What surprised me was how hard it is as opposed to just babystting

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  126. Ashley

    I’m surprised at how much more meaningful seemingly mundane things are.

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