What being tired truly feels like 1
No one and I mean NO ONE is as tired as a tired mom. If you have no kids and you stay up all weekend to get your parranda on then get up to go to work on Monday all cruda and tired, you're still not as tired as you would be if you were a tired mom.
The world is NOT family-friendly 2
Supposedly "we" as a whole care about families, but not really. When you have kids you realize that the world is quite hostile to kids. Just try to nurse in public without a cover or take your kid who acts like a kid to a restaurant and count how many side eyes you get for making others uncomfortable when all you're trying to do is raise your kid the best way you know how.
Mommy brain is real 3
You've always prided yourself on your memory, then you have a kid and you can't even remember the one thing you went to the store to buy. It happens to all moms. And moms who think it hasn't happened to them just forgot it happened.
Everything reminds you of your kids 5
Even when you take a much needed break from your kids to run an errand, you'll be minding your own business trying to think about things you used to think about before being a mom and then a random puppy will look you straight in the eyes and you'll think, "That puppy's eyes look just like my baby's. Wait, did I just compare my baby to a dog?!" Sigh.
How much your mother really loves you 6
You discover this profound love you have for your children and then realize that that's how your mother feels about you. It's pretty mind-blowing.
That showers are a privilege, not a right 7
It seems pretty easy to take a daily shower and then you have a kid and you have to fight for your right to shower because it's NOT guaranteed.
Everyone is someone's child 8
Obviously you've always known everyone is someone's child, but it takes on this new meaning and immediacy when you have a child of your own. You'll look at an adult and think about how they were once a baby, you'll look at other children and know that they are just as special as yours. Everyone seems to matter a little bit more.
You have to teach culture 9
If you want your children to know about your culture, you have to teach them about it through food, traditions, holidays, music and any other way you can think of.