7 ways motherhood shocked the hell out of me

Full disclosure: I have been a mother for nearly six weeks now. I didn't think it'd be easy, but when my pregnancy went extremely smoothly I got to thinking that maybe, just maybe, my baby would be easy and being a Mom wouldn't be too hard. Lo and behold, there are definitely a few things that shocked the hell out of me in both regards.


I feel like Attachment Parenting is detrimental to MY health: how do you define your boundaries?

I had read and read how "happy" attachment parenting babies were. Because they had confidence due to their needs being met, they were "good" babies. They didn't cry if they were being breastfed on demand. The breast cures all!  All articles had photos of smiling moms and babies that made parenting look so easy. I wish I would have come across one article that told the truth: "This isn't going to be easy."


I love my friends, but can't handle their parenting: how to bridge the parenting styles chasm?

I have some couple friends who I adore, cannot stand as parents. I still see both of them all the time, but "family hangouts" almost never happen even though they live nearby and all our kids are the same age. Compared to my parenting style, my friends are neurotic and over-controlling with their kids, and it makes me anxious and exhausted. Sometimes they'll even try to keep MY kids from doing shit I'm totally fine with, just because it makes them nervous.