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April 08, 2008

Parenting 101: I love this

If you are a parent, or are soon to be a parent, or have plans Parentingto maybe one day be a parent, or even if you don't ever want to be a parent and want some reassurance on that decision, read this. It's a do-it-yourself tutorial, Parenting 101 you might call it. Hysterical. And actually, pretty accurate. I could have used it!

I remember when F and I first had Maddie, we would often look at each other in a sleep-deprived, head-pounding, confidence-deflated fog and say, "No one ever told us about this." Looking back, I think I was just as well prepared to be an astronaut as I was a mother. Parenthood has a crazy learning curve.

Before I completely terrify those of you with first babies on the way, the good news is that I did learn. Or, am learning, I suppose. It turns out there are things in me I didn't even know existed: Patience (well, sometimes), intense multi-tasking, the ability to be up close and personal with poop every day for years without wretching. And of course endless stores of love. Try as I might, I am fairly certain I will never master calculus or balance a chemistry equation (damn you, Science 9!), but by the time this journey is up I will be a great mom. I hope.

Right now we're smack dab in the middle of Lesson 6. And you know, she does sound amazingly like Fran Drescher.

Enjoy!

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