If the photos in parenting magazines are to be believed, everything about having a baby is a soft focus snuggle-fest. Even the shots of concerned looking moms soothing a baby crying his way through the evening witching hour looks sort of idyllic and sweet, like a treasured memory in the making.
Those photos do not tell the whole story.
Sure, babyhood is filled with the sweet and cuddly times. The first smile. Quiet feeds as the sun comes up. Cradling a peacefully sleeping baby in your arms. But then there are the other moments. The ones that range from funny to nerve-wracking. The moments that will make you beg your baby for forgiveness and the moments that will make you laugh because if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. These moments are the rites of passage all parents must experience. Some are funny, some are harrowing, some are flat out gross. But we’ve all been there and, hopefully, our kids will never remember them even if we never forget.
Here are my top parenting rites of passage:
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