February 28, 2008


I've decided it's Scare Sarah week on the internet. Parents seem to be posting horror stories about their kids in an effort to dissuade me from wanting them.

First it was Army Blogger Wife, compiling all the creatively bad things her daughter did.

Which reminded me of the time AWTM's kids got into plaster of paris while her washing machine was broken.

Then Pink Ninja took a ride on the garage door.

Then Erin told me on the phone that the honeymoon is over with Tucker and that she's frazzled and exhausted. She said all of this on the phone while she was planting spring flowers, because she didn't have enough time in the day in between Tucker's screaming to both talk to a friend and work in the garden.

Then today AWTM posted some Bill Cosby comedy about the maddening things kids do.

You guys are conspiring to freak me out, right? That's the awful thing about trying for more than a year to get pregnant: there's too much time to think about it! Time to think about whether you really want to sing Barney songs while cleaning an overflowed toilet. Or reprimand your son for playing with himself in public. Or pull your kid out of a grave.

This needs to happen quick before I lose my nerve...

Posted by: Sarah at 03:36 AM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 Ya know Sarah, every time someone tells me "you will never guess what my kid did?" I say....is it as bad as falling into Grndas freshly dug grave? the answer is generally a horrifed look of no... I win every time. Pink Ninja pooped on the floor in front of company, cut her hair, broke both arms within months of one another leading me to have a discussion with social services as well.... the list goes on and on.... Parenthood, is not for wussies.... indeed

Posted by: awtm at February 28, 2008 04:07 AM (TEH0y)

2 and did anyone mention ''almost drownings''? I promise you, it's all nessecary, to build you up, for the parenting of teenagers....I also promise it's worth every minute, of laughter, tears, and fears!

Posted by: debe at February 28, 2008 05:48 AM (Hn47u)

3 Think of it this way... they don't start out like that. You get to work your way up to it gradually. You adjust as they get older and get to work through each thing as it comes along. While you're pregnant, you figure out (as you get near the 9 month mark) that you can live without much sleep. This helps when the baby comes along and wants to be fed several times a night and keeps you awake all day too. Cat naps... Then they start to roll, then crawl, then walk, then talk, then... well you get the idea. Each thing is a new adventure. If kids didn't do stuff like that - you would start to wonder what was wrong with them. LOL. But remember - none of these kids started out doing the fun and fascinating things you are reading about, so relax a bit. You'll be able to handle it when the time comes.

Posted by: Teresa at February 28, 2008 06:43 AM (rVIv9)

4 You forgot to mention that they crap all the way UP THEIR BACKS when they are infants. Sound impossible? Oh, just you wait. Physics are nothing when baby crap comes into play. Oh, and just for an update, I thought I was going to have to run to the ER yesterday when my son jumped off the kitchen counter and tried to do a ninja kick landing. He ended up with a HUGE goose egg on the part of his head that is bald. So we couldn't hide it. And we had Little Gym, so everyone got to admire it.

Posted by: airforcewife at February 28, 2008 09:16 AM (mIbWn)

5 Oh it's definitely not for the faint of heart, but it is fun, frustrating, rewarding, inspiring and so much more! Once they come out kicking and screaming you will adapt super fast and soon you will be a pro.....and a little grayer! All the good things far outweigh all the not so good things that they do.

Posted by: Army Blogger Wife at February 28, 2008 09:28 AM (Y3JJK)

6 LOL I am really enjoying this post and comments . Theresa is right, you do work up to it. Here's two off the top of my head: last winter, Ronin ate something blue, and we never figured out what, but Jim insisted we go to the emergency room. We got a stern brochure about locking up the chemicals in your cabinets. And, with the exception of the "episode" last week, every time that Ronin has thrown up in his short 5 1/2 years of life, it has been all down the front of me

Posted by: Kate at February 28, 2008 02:17 PM (576n8)

7 Other commenter was right, you kinda get eased into it. But it doesnt always make you feel anybetter at the time. But I'm probably a bad person to ask about this at the moment. Our house is being invaded by the terrible threes. Lets hope we make it to four.

Posted by: Lea at February 29, 2008 03:08 AM (NJQf+)

8 It's still totally worth it...

Posted by: Erin at March 01, 2008 01:46 PM (y67l2)

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