Have you always wanted to have superpowers? Well, good news: when you become a mom, you develop superpowers. Enhance sight, smell, and hearing can all be yours for the small price of spending 18+ years caring for another person.
When you have your child, you will be able to distinguish their cry from that of other children, even, say, in the middle of a family gathering with several other adults, and 5 other young children.
You will be able to smell their poopy diaper more easily than you would like to, especially once they are old enough to start solid foods. If you’re lucky, the milk filled cup that they misplace will have a tight seal so you won’t smell anything until you find it weeks later and have to open it to clean it out.
You will develop the ability to turn your body into ooze so that you can sneak away from a sleeping baby without disturbing them…if you are lucky, because your baby will also have the power to tell when you get more than six inches away even in a sound sleep. Sadly, my husband has not developed this ability even after 3 kids. What he has, though, is the ability to turn over in his sleep with the grace of a whale leaping out of the ocean, just as I get the baby back to sleep. And…I get to start all over. Who needs sleep anyway, since with a baby, you get the ability to somehow mostly function on ridiculously low levels of sleep. I think I have gotten maybe a handful of good nights of sleep in the last 6 years, but somehow I continue to function.
You will learn to recognize their “I just did/witnessed something awful” look at a glance. My mom has a lot of experience with this thanks to one of my brothers. When Chase came in from outside, she was sure he had killed his brother from his expression. Kane had actually thrown gas on a fire and burned his head, so he was hiding in the barn and had sworn his older brother to secrecy. While my children have not achieved his level of ER worthy incidents yet, I have seen my share of guilty expressions.
Luckily, your heart also grows to accommodate the love you feel for the little people in your lives. Loving them makes the good moments sweeter, like when they give you an enthusiastic hug (which sometimes borders on choking when given by my younger son), and makes the times when you are up all night soothing them through the pain of cutting four teeth in the space of a few days tolerable.
I ‘m curious about what other powers I will develop as my kids get older. I have heard rumors of things like being able to hear them trying to sneak in late at night. Or developing a 6th sense that something is going to happen before it actually does. I guess I will just have to wait and see.
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