Five Pre-Parent Assumptions That Were Completely Wrong

standard August 1, 2016 10 responses

Remember our post about our top five pre-birth assumptions that turned out to be totally right? Well we aren’t using the blog to brag about being right all the time and you knew a follow up was coming.

So, here are the top five pre-birth perceptions that went out of the window as soon as our boy was born.

Your baby might be ugly.

Well ours isn’t. We always said we would not be biased towards our child and that if he looked like a monster, we would be upfront about his unfortunate looks. Fact is, he was born and that changed. One of the first things I said to Wes was ‘Our child is actually cute!’ and frankly I think even if he looked like Sloth from the Goonies, I’d have said the same thing. Personally, I think we’ve produced a looker, but I now accept that I am totally biased and my child is better than any other child I’ve ever met.

We won’t take loads of photos of our son.

Oh man, if I hadn’t taken HUNDREDS of photographs of my son by the time he was three months old… now he’s one the amount is staggering. It’s a good job I upgraded my phone to one with a decent camera, because it has been used so much since Mason was born. I don’t share them too much, but it’s a good job that we aren’t on old style cameras, because it’d be a damn expensive habit. Give us any excuse, a laugh, a smile, a funny fart face, a cute new outfit, anything. We will be taking photographs of him.

I will not be one of those parents with a photograph of my child as my phone background.

This lasted two hours. Don’t even kid yourselves.

I won’t be a neurotic mother.

EVERYTHING at the very least concerns you. If he’s breathing kind of quickly, he’s got tiny lungs. If he’s calm and serene and you can’t hear him breathing, he’s dead. Everything that your baby does is over-thought to the point where you’re not sure if you’re going completely crazy. I don’t think I’m actually neurotic, but I am a lot more sensitive about what he does than I anticipated. I can now sleep without worrying that he’ll stop breathing in the middle of the night though, so I’m making progress!

He will live in babygrows until he’s at least four or five months old.

It was my view that there was no point in spending so much money on baby clothes when they didn’t care about what they looked like. I had every intention of seeing this through. I really did. But the fact is that people bought Mason too many cute outfits and I fell in love with them. Luckily, Wes did too. As such the babygrow phase ended when he was about six weeks old and now they are underclothing and sleepwear. Nothing else.

What did you have to admit defeat to when you gave birth? Things you swore wouldn’t happen to you that did. Things you said that you wouldn’t do that you forgot about as soon as your little bundle of joy entered the world?

Let us know in the comments about things we might still have forgotten about that we’re now totally guilty of. If you fancy keeping up to date with all our stuff, head on over to our Facebook Page and give it a ‘Like’ – we post everything there so you’ll never miss a thing! 

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  • So several years looking back the boys weren’t quite so cute post birth, mostly sticky with odd shaped heads. But after that yes gorgeous! Great post. #bestandworst

    • Amy

      HAHA! Yes admittedly nobody looks their best immediately post-birth! 😉 But once they’re scrubbed up a bit they’re basically all super squishy and wonderful! Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again soon x

  • I think I am guilty of most of these, especially the photos. My girls are 5 and 3 and I still check that they are breathing! #BestandWorst
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    • Amy

      It’s good to know that it’s not just me – I’m still at it now and he’s just turned one. Thank God for a video baby monitor or neither of us would get any sleep! Thanks so much for dropping by 🙂 x

  • haha very true, oh how I miss baby gros now my boys are children now *sob sob* and I am sure the majority have a photo of their child as a background somewhere. X #bestandworst

    • Amy

      At this point babygrows are harder to put on than any other piece of clothing so I’m glad it died out quickly, regardless of how simple they are! I have had him as my phone background pretty much since the day he was born, despite swearing I would stick with my boring patterns… just couldn’t help it! x

  • Haha I dressed my girls in baby grows until about 18 months because it was my way of denying that they were growing up! I also find baby grows super cute. So although we differ in this regard, I do agree that a lot of our plans and apparent philosophies can go out the window once the reality of parenting hits us! I swore I’d feed my kids healthy food. I did, when they were weaning, but then their tastes began to develop and now they live off various bread products and ice cream, with the occasional piece of fruit when they’re in the mood! I’m a control freak, so the changes I’ve had to make to my own principles have been difficult!

    • Amy

      If I weren’t so fickle, the babygrows would have definitely lasted a lot longer but damn if I’m not a sucker for all of the cute outfits that are made for them! I was telling everyone not to buy him any proper clothes but ugh, I went back on it so quickly it was embarrassing. I’m with you, it’s hard to realise that so much about what you thought has to change and it will probably continue for many more years to come!

  • Talking about them!! I hate how we do it! I don’t want to always talk about the stinker but I DO! So agree about the pics too…I have 10 billion. Brilliant post and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • Amy

      I am sat here genuinely cringing thinking about how many people I have bored to tears talking about Mason. My brain cannot switch off – if he isn’t here, I’m talking about him and when he is here, I’m talking to him! The picture thing is just outrageous and I can’t bring myself to delete any! Thanks for running #bestandworst as always! x

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