The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Sunshine and flowers: That's how I imagined my motherhood experience. I envisioned a daughter who embodied all the best parts of me. We’d wear matching clothes and drive my husband nuts with our cuteness. And then at 19 weeks, I saw a penis on the screen. Things have never really been the same since.

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Instead of a daughter, I got a son who looks nothing like me and runs around screaming 90 percent of the time. So rather than sunshine and flowers, I got tornadoes and hailstorms. But it happens to the best of us. If you’re human, your idea of what motherhood looks like is going to change. If you’re wild and free, you might end up with a reserved rule-follower. Parenting is full of surprises. Some of them are good, and others frankly suck. All we can do is laugh (or cry) together.

1. Expectation: You’re going to cloth diaper and save the environment.

This will be awesome.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

2. Expectation: You’re going to be the safest parent ever.

They'll NEVER hurt themselves on your watch.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: LOL OOPS

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

3. Expectation: I’ll just sleep when the baby sleeps.

How hard is that?

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: WTF is sleep?

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

4. Expectation: My kid and I are going to bathe all the time.

Daily, even.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: It’s… fine to be filthy. It is.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

5. Expectation: Breastfeeding will be a breeze.

It's so natural!

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: Latch letdown.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

6. Expectation: Only organic food for my bundle of joy!

And everything homemade and meal-prepped, of course.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: My kid just ate whatever fell on the floor? Eh... whatever. It’ll boost their immune system.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

7. Expectation: I don’t need any help. I’ve read the books.

I’ve got this!

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: Someone get me a babysitter!

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

8. Expectation: Breaks away from my kid will be AWESOME.

I can go do everything I did before I got pregnant! CAN'T WAIT.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: You miss them like crazy.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

9. Expectation: Nightly bedtime stories.

I love reading and plan to impart this important value.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: Netflix

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

10. Expectation: You’ll never have another kid.

One is quite enough, thankyouverymuch.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

Reality: Baby fever.

The Motherhood You Imagined vs. the One You Actually Got

A. Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez is a diversity content specialist who produces materials relating to mental and physical health, sociology, and parenting. Her work can be seen on several national platforms. Check her out on Facebook and Twitter.

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