My very best friend has just had her first baby. She has been inundated with “Just You Wait” style predictions. You know what I mean. She mentions getting up every hour at night to pee and some buzzkill tells her that’s nothing compared to getting up with a screaming baby every hour of the night. She talks about feeling achy and tired and is told about the exhaustion of no sleep and active toddlers. Some people look far into her future and give her more children than she can plan, a life more over-scheduled than she’s ever experienced, and a portent of doom that’s enough to cross the eyes of any parent-to-be.
Those things aren’t necessarily lies, and for some people they may even be true. It is true that a few months ago every single person in my house was sick, and I was their caretaker. We were flying to Dallas and by the time we got on the plane, I’d been awake for 36 hours. I was the only one who didn’t get a nap on the flight, and by the time we got to my family’s home, I had hit the proverbial wall. Luckily, there were grandparents and aunts and friends, and I was able to rest and catch up so that all systems were going for the good stuff – The stuff you should really “Just You Wait” for.
So, for the new parents in the audience, I give you the 5 most amazing things you really should wait for:
1. The first real smile.
Those gassy/sleepy smiles are heartwarming and adorable, yes – no on can argue with that. They melt your heart and make everyone smile. BUT – the first time your infant looks at you and grins at you – gird your loins. Your heart will positively explode. Just You Wait.
2. The first laugh.
Baz laughed for the first time while I made silly noises, and I made them until my face was numb. Walter’s first laugh happened while I was singing Simon and Garfunkle, and once Baz realized he could make his brother laugh, the real shows started. Sometimes they laugh so hard they snort and then you laugh so hard you snort and then they laugh harder and then you laugh harder. It’s bliss. Just You Wait.
3. Learning to hug.
Little arms tight around your neck…no one can prepare you for that. Think of the best, most lovingly sincere hug you’ve ever gotten and then multiple it times infinity. Add a little drool and you’ve got the Best Hugs Ever. Really, you won’t even mind the drool (Just You Wait).
4. When you get home…
…from being out for five minutes or five hours and are greeted by what sounds like a herd of elephants until you open the door to discover your child(ren) running full tilt at you with goofy grins (and sometimes drool). They are coming in for some serious hugging, and they are really and truly that happy to see you. Every time. You think the way your dog greets you is awesome? Just You Wait.
5. Magical Kisses.
Every bump, scrape, bite, itch, bang, scratch, and poke – real and imagined – will need to be healed. And 99% of the time, the best medicine on the planet are Magical Mommy Kisses or Magical Daddy Kisses. Your little peck will cure whatever ails your munchkin and then some.I have found that even blown kisses to parts I just can’t kiss (inner cheeks, soles of feet) do the trick. And then you are SuperMom or MegaDad and Hero of All The World. The look you’ll receive just after application of this magical medicine is unparalleled. Just You Wait.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all of the awesome you’re going to experience as a parent. If you’ve got more greatness to add to this list, please do so. And if you’re a new – or expecting – parent…Just You Wait.