As a mum of three, I still remember vividly after having my first baby, the feeling of being tricked somehow along the way.
My close friends and family members had never really told me the truth. Why had no one warned me? Was I weird, or were mothers everywhere conspiring to keep us from knowing just how hard this stuff really is?
Eight years later, let me tell you why no one tells you the truth about motherhood.
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As a mum of three boys, now aged four, five and eight, my newbie parenting days are behind me. Sure, I’ve got a long way to go, but it’s safe to say I’ve moved on from those early train wreck days of newborn sleepless nights and the "what on earth just happened?" confusion of being a new mum.
So when my friends have their first babies and ask me why no one (including me) ever told them what motherhood was really like, here’s what I say.
You never would've believed me.
And I probably did try to tell you. You might’ve listened to me drone on about how bone-achingly tired I was, about the vomit-covered clothes and the constant demands 24/7, and the daydreams of a quiet cup of tea alone, but you probably didn’t really believe me when I tried to explain just how hard it was.