- I wish I could stay at home all day
What I also call a jellyfish compliment, because it’s a shitty thing to say disguised as a nice comment. As every new parent will understand, looking after your kid is not an easy breezy day. It’d be nice to go to the loo whenever you wanted for instance. There are tantrums, there are mop ups and spillages (and not always of the food kind if you get my drift) there are times you just want to lie on the floor with your eyes closed and hope they don’t notice that you aren’t paying attention to that speck of fluff they’ve proudly discovered on the floor. At least you think it’s fluff, it could be that they’ve grabbed handfuls of the cat. Again.
- You look nice today
And now I’m paranoid that at other times I look even worse than the dishevelled mess than I already am. Did that hurried splodge of mascara really make all the difference? Apparently yes, and now my self esteem has hit even lower than the stretched skin of my post partum belly.
- But you’re still using a dummy/bottle/etc etc?
This comes from two different types of people- the one with kids, that measures and judges everything you do to what they’ve done and two, the person without kids but is a Parenting Expert just fyi. What works for your family will be completely different to what works for mine and anyway, whatever gets us all through the day right? And to those special Parenting Experts who have an opinion on all aspects of child rearing “oh I’ll never do that with my kids”, I say, just you wait.
- Maybe they’re just hungry/tired/hot
Cheers, never thought of that. I just really like the sound of their wailing and fussiness.
And lastly, not so much of a say thing but a do.
- Shooting dirty looks your way at a restaurant
This has happened several times now, and strangely it’s when my daughter hasn’t even uttered a sound. If she had been tantrumming, I’d totally get it. I’d even apologise except I’d probably already be outside trying to distract her before she could get upset. It’s more of a ‘but I don’t want to sit next to the family with a baby in case it starts making a noise’ I’ve had couples sit next to us, only to move again somewhere further away and shoot dirty looks at us because how dare we go out to eat somewhere? It is widely known that once you have children you must never ever leave your house or go out to enjoy things. Silly me.1