10 Things I Thought I Would Never Do Before I Became a Mom

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Ah, the days before kids.

When we would stay up as late as we wanted because we could sleep in.

Leave the house on a moments notice, just because we thought it would be fun to meet up with a friend.

When we had perfect hygiene because we took showers daily.

And when we could judge other people’s parenting because we had absolutely NO CLUE what they were up against.

The last one got me thinking about what I used to judge, and what I’m very likely judged on now.  I came up with ten things I thought I would never do.

1. Share food with my babies.

Or, rather, share utensils with them. You get a bite of yogurt, I get a bite of yogurt…

Of course you can have some of my juice!  As long as you give back the remaining juice/backwash so I can finish it off.


2. Touch another person’s boogers. Now, I do this at least once daily, and when baby is sick, I lose count.

3. Talk about poop. I don’t like poop jokes, or farting jokes, and I definitely don’t like talking about either.

There is no longer a day that goes by when I don’t at least mention some sort of BM.

4. Skip out on plans with a friend because of a nap. My life revolves around my children’s naps, if you can’t accept that, we can no longer be friends.

5. Nurse in public-without a cover.

I tried to with one, for a very long time.  My baby is weird. He doesn’t like eating under a blanket, so he pulls it off. I then flash everyone within ten feet, thus defeating the purpose of the cover in the first place.

Now, I just practice discretion, and baby eats happily.

6. Not always tell the truth.

We want to raise honest, upstanding people, here.  I always knew Santa Claus would be part of the deal, but he actually exists in spirit.

The Binky Fairy? That’s an outright lie.

7. Let my kid cry.

Maybe they’re hurt! They may feel abandoned! They might be tired and just need a hug!

Or, maybe the kid is just pissed off they didn’t get their way.  I can sometimes look at my toddler wrong and she will launch into the most amazing tantrum that ever was. So, yes, sometimes, the kid just gets to cry (or scream.)


8. Chew someone else’s nails. This one still grosses me out a lot (more than the boogers!).

I file my kids nails as often as I can, but the boy usually will have none of it. I used to just deal with it, but then he got grabby and scratchy while nursing.

With scratches all over my face, chest and arms, a lady has to take action. So, I chew them off. He thinks it’s funny. I try not to vomit.

9.  Talk about my kids.  To everyone.  All the time.  It’s only when the non-parent’s eyes start to glaze over in disinterest that I know I have a problem.


10. Want to stay home. I always thought I would at least have a part time job when my kids were babies. Once my first was born, I realized, I couldn’t imagine leaving her.

Sure, I have my crappy days where I want to leave as soon as my husband comes home and never look back. But when I think about leaving my children at a daycare everyday, I feel anxiety kick in that I never knew I had.

What do you do as a parent that you never thought you would do?

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  • Reply mummyofboygirltwins

    Great post! It takes me so long to leave the house with my twins that I have completely forgotten what it is like to ‘pop’ out!!!! Agree everything on this so much! x

    July 6, 2014 at 12:43 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you! Yes, and going on vacation is almost impossible!

      July 6, 2014 at 7:18 am
  • Reply Stephanie Ann

    I agree! Especially the booger part… because I hate that. The only one’s I will even come in contact with are my son’s. Great post!

    July 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply threeboysandamom

    So many things chabge when we become parents, including our own rules and thoughts if what kind of parent We’d be. We learn as we go! Great list!

    August 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you! Haha-things that used to really gross me out barely phase me now!

      August 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm
      • Reply threeboysandamom

        Oh absolutely… I think it can’t gross you out if you’re a mom. If it does you’re in for a long awful road of being grossed out continuously haha! Moms are hard core! Lol

        August 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Valerie

    “My baby is weird. He doesn’t like eating under a blanket” – LOL!! I don’t particularly enjoy eating under a blanket either. 😉
    So much changes when you’re caring for this sweet, helpless being… 🙂

    August 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha! Yeah, poor kid! Yes, very true-So many amazing changes!

      August 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply workingmommagic

    I love love love this! So funny & so true!

    September 10, 2014 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Love it! There’s a lot of things I said I’d never do… I’m pretty sure I’ve done EVERY SINGLE ONE now 😉

    September 10, 2014 at 11:27 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      It’s so funny how things can change!

      September 10, 2014 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Lifeblooming

    So true – there are so many things I couldn’t fathom doing pre-kids!

    September 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha! Yes, I’m sure there’s even more unfathomable things that can be added to this list!

      September 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Alana

    Oh my gosh!!!!!!! Seriously, the picking someone else’s nose? Talking about poo? Nursing not covered up? I never saw those ones coming at all!!! Love this!!!!

    September 11, 2014 at 9:44 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha! I know! Crazy, isn’t it?

      September 11, 2014 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Branson

    Okay so number 8 is a no-go for me, but the others I totally get!! Well except for nursing in public but my equivalent is that I swore I wouldn’t bottle feed but my body decided to show me I was wrong on that one 🙁

    September 11, 2014 at 10:55 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Lol-yeah, number 8 is pretty gross! I guess it’s true what they say, “never say never,” and hopefully we can learn from what is thrown at us. I didn’t want to bottle feed my first born either. I feel your pain and frustration.

      September 11, 2014 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Melissande

    Hey! Thanks for linking up, Tarynn! Love this and I can totally relate to… all of it. The fingernails one is absolutely worse than boogers, by a long shot. 🙂 You crack me up!

    October 7, 2014 at 11:18 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Sure-so much fun! Yes, so, so gross!! Ha-thanks! ☺️

      October 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply LifesHiddenTreasures (@LifeHidTreasure)

    oh my goodness, LOL!!! This post had me cracking up!! Thanks so much for sharing. I can relate to all of it 🙂 I am totally sharing this on Facebook and Twitter

    October 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Wow! You’re so sweet! Thank you so much!

      October 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Mama By Fire - The SITS Girls

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    January 15, 2015 at 4:00 am
  • Reply Nikki

    All true for me too… Oh, the poo-poo talk! I’m a bit embarrassed of how much we talk about poop, pee, and butts around here.

    January 15, 2015 at 7:27 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha! I’m ready to be done with that talk. Afraid I have a few years yet…

      January 15, 2015 at 9:55 am
  • Reply theseanamethod

    The one I remember is when they were older.. and had palate expanders. I never thought I would crank a mechanical device my my child’s mouth, physically pressing her jaw apart. Unbelievable.

    January 15, 2015 at 7:39 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Is that something I get to look forward? Great!

      January 15, 2015 at 9:55 am
  • Reply My SITS Day | mamabyfire

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    January 15, 2015 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Raquel

    Love your post! Yes, they are all so true although I never had to do # 8. I think it is really hard to understand unless you are a mom! Happy SITS Day to you and following you on Twitter.

    January 15, 2015 at 10:46 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you! I havent done that in quite awhile-so gross! Very true! Thanks!

      January 15, 2015 at 11:07 am
  • Reply workingonworkingmom

    I definitely have most of these as things I never thought I would do. Though one is the total opposite, I never thought I would put my kid in daycare. We waited with my son until he was one and half and then we put him in when he was ready. My husband was a stay at home dad and as much as I’d love to be a stay at home mom, it’s just not in the cards for us. Visiting from SITS.

    January 15, 2015 at 11:47 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Its all so much fun, isn’t it? That’s great your husband got to experience staying at home. It definitely isn’t for everyone. And it doesn’t work for every family. I’m not sure how much longer its going to work for mine. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      January 15, 2015 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply graceunending.net

    I absolutely love the name of your blog; what a perfect and accurate description of motherhood! And I like the way your sense of humor shows through in your writing. I’m so glad I found you through SITS! Happy SITS Day!

    January 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Wow! Thank you so much, you’re too kind! Me too-thank you!!

      January 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm

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