Once you have children you will find yourself doing lots of things that you said you would never do.
If you do not have children or plan on having children please feel free to enjoy this list with a smug aloofness (imagine you’re a member of the Bullingdon Club) and when people tell you that you’ll be missing out when you’re older remember it basically comes down to this:
We’re all going to end up confused and needing help would you rather have your bum wiped by someone who hated you as a teenager or a complete stranger?
Here is my list of things I thought I would never do but ended up doing when I had them there children.
1. You will baby proof your home too soon then spend the next few months unable to get into your cupboards or up the stairs.
When babies are born they don’t even realise that their hands belong to them.
They are therefore unlikely to stick fingers which they don’t know they have into electrical wall sockets.
They are also highly unlikely to be opening the fridge or falling downstairs of their own accord whatever their older siblings may tell you.
This does not stop parents rushing to make their homes as safe as possible. What this really means is that your baby will grow up in an environment where there is a lot of swearing.
Those plastic plug socket protectors can only be removed with the blade of a knife and a liberal application of cursing.
The stair gates will become a dangerous trip hazard for sleep deprived parents and the fridge lock will leave you unable to access any chilled food. (Top tip: Put a child lock on the cleaning cupboard and never clean again.)
By the time your baby does start to move around and explore the safety measures will have been removed in a cloud of foul language and you will only remember to put the stair gates back when you watch your beloved child bounce down the stairs head first.
2. You will sniff your baby’s bum to check for poo.
I remember seeing parents do this and thinking: Yuk that’s disgusting. I am never doing that.
It is disgusting, and yes I have done it. Lots.
Even more disgusting is the reason why parents do this.
Let me spell this out as clearly as possible: Parents sniff baby’s bums because they no longer have the mental capacity to detect the smell of shit even when they are sat right next to it.
Children are disgusting.
I blame the parents.
3. You will go out to eat and sit colouring in a picture of a man with a moustache making a pizza.
Because when you go out to eat with small children you are given colouring in kits. (I know, amazing!)
There are 2 reasons you as an adult will get stuck in:
Firstly and it is good fun to colour in a picture and you are fantastic at not going over the edges.
Secondly you are too tired to have a conversation with the person sitting across the table from you. You have only left the house because neither of you has the energy to throw beans in a pan.
Think of this as me time. Who needs massages or spa days when you can spend 15 minutes in silence neatly filling in a cartoon of a pizza chef?
Even if it is quite challenging creating a realistic skin tone from 4 primary colours. Honestly how do they expect small children to manage?
( Top Tip: I carry my own skin tone crayon*)
4. You will refer to your partner as Mummy or Daddy.
Even though all the books say you ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT do this because you and your partner will immediately stop fancying each other and you will never have sex ever again.
I wouldn’t worry about it. There are many, many other things that will stop you from having sex – number one being the baby (total cock blocker).
Unless of course you are one of those people who looks sexy colouring in (Ooh look I’ve gone over the lines, naughty mummy).
In which case having a baby is going to be a total game changer.
5. You will fantasize about the upstairs deck of a bus.
The top deck of a double decker bus will become like the VIP area of the nightclubs you used to frequent – a place of mystery and intrigue, reserved for people whose lives are infinitely more exciting than yours.
But this is not the VIP area of some hot new club.
It is the top deck of a bus.
And you have a pram and cannot get in.
You have officially the most depressing life on the bus.
No wait…. there’s a man getting on at the next stop who is arguing with a copy of yesterday’s Metro.
6. You will announce that you are a parent even when it is not relevant.
When you are not with your children you will feel the need to let people know that you have children stored somewhere else.
God forbid anyone should see you sitting there on the train and not realise that you have a baby at home.
‘Can I take that seat?’
‘Yes, I’ve got a 9 month old baby at home.’
‘Actually I’ll stand.’
7. You will shout “Look Cow! Horse! Dog!” every time you see an animal.
You will do this even when there are no children with you.
It is a conditioned response, especially when you are in a car because this is when you are most desperate to entertain your children.
Travelling in a car with small children is like shaking a can full of soda, one small flick and it will all kick off and everyone nearby is getting a sticky face.
8. You will laugh at Michael McIntyre’s jokes.
Just the stuff he does about being a parent.
You will either laugh because you find his parenting material funny (improbable) or because you are tired and grumpy and glad bad things are happening to Michael McIntyre (more likely).
9. You will re assess what constitutes soiled clothing.
You’ve been wearing that jumper all week but is it actually dirty?
Yes, yes it is. It is a dirty jumper.
Once you have a baby the washing basket becomes less of a place to put washing in and more of a storage receptacle for clothes that are not quite dirty enough.
Vomit and poo stained clothes will forever be jumping the washing queue leaving clothes that are just plain old dirty in laundry basket limbo. Until you decide you need to change and then you will sort through your dirty clothes and refresh them with a baby wipe. **
10. You will drop your baby.
Or, even better smack it’s head on the door frame in the middle of the night after spending hours rocking the little bugger to sleep.
Peaches Geldof was photographed talking on the phone whilst dropping her baby out of her pram.
This or something like this will happen to you but the good news is there is unlikely to be any paparazzi on hand to catch your moment of shame.
Dropping your baby is not bad parenting it is just parenting.
If you have children and find things on this list you haven’t done please leave a comment and let the rest of us know how you managed it.
If you do not have children yet why not make your own list of things you do not intend on doing, pin it to the fridge and cross them off one by one as you watch all your principles vanish when the baby arrives.
*I absolutely do not do this but I have definitely thought about it.
** This may just be me.