Top Ten Ways the First Year of Parenting is Like Freshman Year at College

10. The first few days feel like the coolest, most awesome thing that’s ever happened to you, but about a week in, you realize, “HEYWAITAMINUTE! OHMYGOSH. This is gonna be HARD.”

9. You have to learn to appreciate someone else’s idea of good music. And listen to it over and over again from midnight to 2:30 AM for weeks on end.

8. You’d be willing to swear you’ve walked about a million miles with a little 10-15 lb. bundle slung over your shoulder.

7. You quickly learn how to nap almost anywhere in almost any position.

6. You got a lot of really thoughtful gifts from people in preparation for the Big Event, but you’d gladly sell ’em all for 24 solid hours of sleep and one book that has ALL the answers.

5. You spent every Friday and Saturday night with the same group of friends last year, and now you haven’t seen any of them since August. When you do get to see them again, it’s strangely difficult to figure out what to talk about.

4. You figure out how much good old Mom did for you, and you call and thank her. And cry a little. Or a lot.

3. The first time you go home, Mom meets you in the driveway, rushes to your car and grabs the stinky bundle out of your back seat. She whisks it away into the house, beaming like she’s carrying the Crown Jewels. She gets teary-eyed when she places that same bundle back into the car 48 hours later, all clean and fresh, and watches you drive away again.

2. You thought you pretty much had life figured out, but by the third semester you find you’re having to re-think just about everything you ever believed about anything.

1. By the end of the first year, you’ll be exhausted and swear you’re ready for a nice long break, but every moment away will feel like forever, and you won’t be able to get back fast enough. You’ve been completely transformed.

Megan also writes at her own blog,FriedOkra.

18 Responses to Top Ten Ways the First Year of Parenting is Like Freshman Year at College
  1. Musings of a Housewife
    January 19, 2009 | 10:25 am

    Megan, this is brilliant. You are a rockstah!

  2. Candace
    January 19, 2009 | 10:32 am

    I felt a lot like this the first year of my son’s life. Actually, my husband says, “We are just winging it everday” because really there are still times after 2.5 years we have no idea what we are doing!

  3. Rachel
    January 19, 2009 | 10:36 am

    This is hilarious! You have a very creative thinkin’ mind to come up with these!! Great job!!!

  4. Jennifer
    January 19, 2009 | 10:50 am

    That is excellent! Kudos to you.

  5. bee
    January 19, 2009 | 11:00 am

    And you use your weight in baby powder, not for diapering the little one, but to cover up the fact you haven’t washed your hair in days! Or is that just me?

  6. Angela
    January 19, 2009 | 11:05 am

    Oh this was fabulous!!

  7. Dawn
    January 19, 2009 | 1:37 pm

    This is fabulous! I had never thought of it before and it is absolutely dead on.

  8. feefifoto
    January 19, 2009 | 2:05 pm

    11. The quality of available food goes way down.

  9. Carrie
    January 19, 2009 | 5:03 pm

    Oh, I laughed out loud when I read that last one, because it is SO true!!! My hubby & I just had our first ‘getaway’ from baby- 2 days while he stayed with hubby’s mom- and I was SO anxious to get back! 🙂 Also the one about your mom running to the baby…yeah, that’s true, too. 🙂

  10. Kelly's Krazy Kids
    January 19, 2009 | 11:51 pm

    I LOVE this post!! So very true!

  11. Becca
    January 20, 2009 | 5:06 pm

    oh my goodness – brilliant! so so true 🙂

  12. Lisa
    January 21, 2009 | 10:45 am

    haha, ridiculously funny.. and true 😉

  13. Mozi Esme's Mommy
    January 22, 2009 | 3:03 am

    Oh yeah – I can so relate to all of this! Very perceptive…

  14. Kelly
    January 24, 2009 | 12:07 am

    This might be my favorite post of the week. It’s classically brilliant. When did you have the brain cells to come up with it? I’m so impressed with you.

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