Babies Are Hard

People always talk about how fun and rewarding it is to baby, but NOBODY ever talks about how stressful and difficult it is. Or how it feels like it’s impossible to get everything done during the day AND keep your baby from swallowing every bottlecap and piece of old plastic in the house.

Well, I’m here to be the first person in human history to tell you that babies are really, really hard to take care of.

Those who have never taken care of a baby probably don’t think much of it. Change a few diapers, heat up a few bottles, and don’t let them pull a bookshelf on top of themselves. Pretty easy, right?

The hard part is that it never ends.

Here’s a little experiment for you to try. A half-gallon of milk isn’t that heavy. You can easily hold a half gallon of milk out in front of you, right? Now, go to your fridge, grab a half gallon of milk, and hold it out at arm’s length for the next 18 to 20 years.

Not only will you find that your arm gets tired pretty quickly, but you’re going to realize that it’s really hard to clean your house and shower and brush your teeth and write your parenting blog every day while you’re constantly holding this jug of milk.

Also the milk is going to be really gross after like a week. DO NOT drink the milk after you’re done with the experiment. That last part doesn’t have anything to do with parenting, it’s just not a good idea to drink 20-year-old milk.

Parenting Is My Full-Time Job, But It’s Not My Only Job

Nine months of taking care of a child have taught me that every parent has multiple jobs. I’m a full-time caregiver, housekeeper, blogger, author, and freelance technical writer. And because I can’t be in five places at once, that means I pretty much suck at all my jobs except parenting.

It’s been a while since my last blog post. That’s partially because I was commissioned for some freelance work with an international company, and I had to devote a lot of my time to that. But to be honest, it’s mostly because I’ve just been overwhelmed with the 1,0001 tasks I have to get done, and sitting down to write a blog post just felt like too much to handle.

Babies Grow Up Really Fast

Another reason it’s hard to keep up with a blog or housework is because it seems like he’s learning a different new ability like 3 times a day.

It’s been a little over a month since my last post, and it’s practically like I’m taking care of a whole new kid than the last time I posted anything.

In 30 days, Sam has learned to crawl around the house at lightning speeds, pull himself to a standing position, stand without support, eat solid foods, and understand some words. He has like 8 new teeth, 4 new toes, and he can bench press 190 pounds…

It’s just hard to keep up.