Welcome to another guest post in the #UsAfterYou – the series where I
get nosy and ask some of my favourite bloggers to divulge what having kids has meant for their relationship. When I launched the series I wasn’t sure how it would go down and if people would ‘get it’ – but apparently it’s a topic we all have something to say about! Thanks so much to all of my fabulous guest bloggers so far and to those of you who keep coming back for a read – it’s great to see all of your comments. If you’d like to submit a guest post yourself do drop me an email/tweet me and come join in!
If you haven’t been following the series, go make yourself a brew and get comfy as this week I’m delighted to feature Talya from the hilariously candid Motherhood: The Real Deal. If you love honest, laugh out loud commentary on all things parenting then Talya’s your girl. Her blog posts will have you chortling from start to finish and you’ll always feel better about any parenting misgivings you may think you have after a click on her blog. Read on!
I have to admit, that before having a baby, a child, you know – bringing an entity into this world I thought that it would be the ultimate expression of love between me and my partner, the most amazingly romantic, giddyingly exciting thing we could possibly do together.
Sorry about that, I just had to go back and give my pregnant self a slap in the face.
Having a baby is absolutely, categorically, without question the hardest challenge our relationship has had to go through yet. And what better way to sum that up, then to write a little ditty on the pressing matter:
You thought it would be so amazing, the ultimate expression of love
To bring a little human, into this world, who you would treat with kid gloves
But after the initial glow has faded, you realise with quite some dread
That having a baby – for your relationship at least – is NOT the best thing since sliced bread
The sleep deprivation makes you want to kill him
The constant treadmill makes you want to poke him in the eye
And as for a bit of hanky panky
Well, you’d honestly rather get some shut eye
You’ve forgotten those moments of special merriment
You used to enjoy together, just you two
Because now your world is filled with bottles, and smelly nappies
And other things that make you want to spew
Meanwhile your significant other
Has been downgraded from the apple of your eye
To some punchbag that seems to get it
When the baby has been keeping you up all night
You look at each other and wonder
Who is this person I am with?
They’re not the person I remember
They seem to have turned into a div
But after many months, and possibly years of befuddlement
Somewhere along the road you’ll find
A new way of making your relationship work
Although not as exciting as once upon a time
You’ll desperately scrape around for date nights
And perhaps some nooky before his pecker turns blue
Things perhaps are not so hot as they once were
But mummy and daddy will have to make do
In all the knocks and changes delivered
To your relationship – if it can survive
Your love will eventually take another turn
(And you hope) will stand the test of baby time