I don’t know if my boyfriend and I will ever have a child. Sometimes we will joke and pretend that we are trying to get pregnant or that I stopped taking my birth control. Come on – that is kinda funny!
The more I think about it, my dream would be for my man and I to do the Neil Patrick Harris route and use two embryos and a surrogate. Science these days is so incredible. What a darling family!
Perhaps it is because my lady pals are rubbing off on me. Some of my single girlfriends have been complaining about their biological clocks ticking.
I don’t know how factual this is but through many hours of gossip sessions, I have concluded that men these days are not interested in getting wifed up or having kids like back in the old days. Think about your grandparents and parents, they got hitched super early and busted out babies at record speed. That does not appear to be happening these days.
Going back to babies, I had the pleasure to fly home to Arizona to help out my sister and brother-in-law. A couple weeks ago, they had a precious little girl and are also the parents to a beautiful 3 year old. Two girls – talk about being in #Guncle heaven!!! I could not wait to get off the plane and see them!
#1.) You Can’t Sleep In
I could not believe how early kids get up! Don’t they know how amazing it is to sleep in??? I am also shocked on how energetic they are in the morning. It really made me think about how dependent I am on coffee. Maybe we all have this same amount of morning energy and don’t even know it!! If you want kids, be prepared to change your alarm clock.
The voices of some of the characters on these children shows will drive you a little nuts-o. You will eventually start memorizing the songs and become obsessed with the story lines.
Going outside of the home with your child is not as easy as it seems. You have to pack a bag that would put Mary Poppins to shame. It is basically a baby survivor kit in case shit goes down (literally).
I dont’ know if I watched too many Dateline and 20/20 specials but I watch my niece like a Secret Service Agent. There are some creeps out there! Keep your eyes on your kids and always protect them.
I found that people in public were so much more friendlier to me when I was with my niece. Maybe it was just her (yep, probably was) but it was pretty interesting! People opened doors, they smiled, they came up and to talked to us, and even offered to take our picture.
Here we are getting mani and pedi’s! You should never stop pampering yourself.
I was so impressed with Barnes & Noble. They had a great book selection, reading area and toy section. We bought this darling dress-up doctors outfit from there. It is made by a company called, Melissa & Doug (http://www.melissaanddoug.com). SO FUN!
You basically need to plan your day around lunch and nap time because kids are in a much better mood when they are fed and rested. Who isn’t, right?!
Kids have a big imaginations so you must think out of the box. If you get stumped than take them somewhere where they can interact, think and learn. We went to the Phoenix Zoo and had a blast!
These summer months can be HOT especially if you live in the warmer states. Make sure your kid drinks plenty of water and wears sunscreen. Praise the Lord for the spray-on kind.
Kids love to ask questions and their little brains are like sponges so be prepared with a good answer. I never knew how little I knew about animals, the solar system and dinosaurs until I started hanging around my 3 year old niece.
You have to be selfless. I honor all the moms and dads in the world because it takes a lot of adjusting. Your kids come first.
I may not be a parent but I would do anything for my nieces. Each time I spend with them is a learning experience and an eye opener into the world of raising children. It seems that having kids is a lot of work but I believe it is the greatest gift of all.
The Other Hubby