When I made the decision to have a child, I made it with the notions that I want to pass on what I know...share my experiences...blah blah. Probably the usual thoughts that some people have when thinking about having children. What I didn't anticipate was how entertaining it is.
I've kind of put those existential thoughts aside and basically I'm just laughing most of the time. It is quite entertaining to see a person go from just being a bag of meat to actually developing a personality. Never in your life will you ever experience something like this unless you have children. What I find entertaining is not necessarily the things that he does is more like the situations I'm put in. I'll mention a few...
Pooping is a normal thing....
I've taken care of kids and have been around poop but it has always grossed me out. Pretty much anything by someone else's kids grossed me out. So naturally when you have your own baby you expect to hold the same belief. When my kid poops, I'll be really grossed out but I'll change the diaper anyway.
That is definitely false now...pooping is funny. One of things that makes you appreciate poop is actually first few weeks after they are born. You have to keep track of poops and pees because its how they are naturally flushing their system out from living in water for nine months. So when your little baby is doing the appropriate amount of poops..you are like yayy!! Aside from that its just becomes hilarious how they have NO shame in pooping at all...anywhere. I could put on a fresh diaper and he'll poop...my son has actually killed a lamp because he had projectile poop and now more recently(as in 4 days ago) my son had a poop explosion in the park and we were without our diaper bag.
So...in short poop is hilarious but only if its my sons'. Other peoples poop and other babies poop is not so funny to me.
You now have a legitimate reason for cancellations
Before my son was born I didn't really cancel very often on friends when came to hanging out even when I really didn't want to go out. I would just endure it and hope that I would enjoy myself. However, after my son; I cancel a lot more and I am more picky about my time.
As you get older..you look forward to your evenings because its typically the one time you have to relax in peace and quiet. For babies, evenings are the worst! They start to get really fussy, angry and basically become little gremlins. When he was just a a few months old, like clockwork at 7pm he would lose his fucking mind until he fell asleep. Now...he goes to bed between 8-9pm and some days he is very chill about it and other days its like we (his parents) have committed the worst offense against him.
So...I don't usually do things during the week evenings. We've tried a few times and have failed. I wouldn't say he's an excuse but it certainly makes it easier to say "Oh..gizmo is very angry this evening" then coming up with an awkward excuse. My friends might think I'm lame..but they wouldn't want to take care of gizmo when he's decided to turn into a gremlin.
You are no longer that awkward adult at kid events...
You know...kids get to do some of the coolest things...like face painting and no one judges..when you have a kid you can do these and NO ONE JUDGES YOU. Right..now gizmo is not at an age he can do much but boy..am I excited to take him to an arcade (largely so I can play all the games and win tickets). The other day I was looking up Discovery Zone... if you are a 90s kid you've probably been to one. They don't have them anymore but man...if they did I would totally bring gizmo when he gets older. I'm definitely taking him to Chucky Cheese plus there are tons of family events that have free food for kids. Ohh..yup can't wait.
Pretty much just being a baby....
So..pretty much everything gizmo does right now is hilarious. He's learning and how he goes about learning naturally is so entertaining. Like right now he's learning how to crawl. No one is teaching him this..he is doing it naturally and therefore he has many fails. The first time he got on his knees and started to move his body forward he landed face-planted on to the carpet. It was so cute and his reaction was hilarious. Like...ohh I didn't realize there was a floor there. When he talks he makes a face that looks like a grumpy old man and sometimes he cracks up at the air(which makes my best friend thing he's looking at ghosts). Also..he has a thing for ceiling fans. He's always smiling at them.
Its like 10%.
I think about all of these things when they are stressful moments. Like him waking up at 4:30 in the morning for NO REASON. 90% of the time being a parent is fun the remaining 10% includes lack of sleep and stressful moments but it really is like 10%. I try my best not to complain about my circumstances because I feel like I'm contributing to the hate on parenthood that is rampant with people with children. Sometimes the sucky moments feel like they are all you have but when you really think about it...not really. Its like 10%.