One thing about motherhood that keeps it exciting: So often the way things play out is completely different from what I pictured.
The first expectation changer: Every moment with my newborn will be soft cuddles, sweet smiles and baby powder smells. You know, like those Johnson & Johnson commercials.
The latest expectation changer: Dress Shopping at the Mawl.
4I envisioned our first venture to be a joyful bonding experience.
4I thought my twelve year olds would be smiling at my side, happily rushing to show me their fashion picks. Not asking if I'd mind staying twenty feet behind them at all times.
4 I didn't think I'd have to worry about my kids wanting to make their purchases alone until they were driving.
4For their first school dance I pictured a cute little outfit like this:
Instead we are negotiating away from a hot little number like this:
4I thought they would be in high school for their first homecoming* dance. I didn't know college coeds would return home eager to visit their middle school.
Turns out there is one thing I predicted correctly: Sweating while I handed over this:
*Resisting the urge to step on soapbox and rant about the judgement of adults who organize these events and why do we want our kids to grow up so fast and are we really surprised at teen drug abuse because by the time they're in high school they've already done it all so what do they have to look forward to?