Honest confession: I never thought I wanted to be a mom. Growing up it just wasn’t my “thing”. I didn’t look at babies and get warm fuzzies like some people do. So imagine my surprise (and shock) when I found myself becoming a first time mom at the age of 22. I was still kid myself in so many ways and really and truly thought I knew it all (HA!). Fast forward nine years to my becoming a mom the second time and again, there were surprises that I would never have expected. Both as a young mom and a not-so-young mom, I discovered that while I thought I knew all there was to know about motherhood, surprises never cease. And while I was prepared for changing diapers and leaky boobs (yes, I went there) there are some things about motherhood that I just never knew!
Children Don’t Have an Off Button
Yes, I know most people know this. But somehow I missed that memo. Somehow, when I became a mom at the ripe old age of 22, I thought my baby would go by my schedule. I didn’t think life would change too much and instead I would just have this cute little person that I could carry around with me. I had no idea that the middle of the night would be his favorite time to “play”. Nor did I know that anytime I was having an adult conversation, he would choose that exact moment to regurgitate his meal or fill his diaper. I thought parenthood was something that you could turn on and off. But I (very) quickly learned that there is no off button on being a mom. It’s a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week, 365 day a year job that never stops. Never slows down. And never gives you a day off. It’s noisy. And unexpected. And completely crazy each and every day. There are no breaks. No vacations. No sick days. Because from the moment you become a mom, you’re always on call for minor situations, major emergencies and everything in between!
There Will Be Mortifying Moments
Remember those little creatures that simply cried when they were little? Well, as they turn into toddlers (and even teens) you’ll quickly discover that they have no filter. They don’t know that there are certain things they shouldn’t say. Instead, anything that pops into their little minds will immediately come right back out their not so little mouths. They will tell your elderly neighbor that her healthy cookies tasted like dirt. They’ll make loud exclamations about bodily functions in the middle of a quiet room. They will even repeat the bad word that you accidentally let slip at the exact worst moment that will leave you hanging your head in shame. They will embarrass you. You will have those moments where you find yourself clamping your hand over their mouths and praying that the words that come out are so garbled that only you can understand. You will be mortified as non-parents look at you and wonder what in the world would cause your child to say THAT. And the worst party is you’ll quickly realize that while many of these moments are mortifying, they are also hilariously funny as they morph into the things you will tell stories about for years to come.
You Will Likely Laugh Until You
Remember those mortifying moments I just told you about. Unless you’re one of those moms who can’t find humor in her kids being less than perfect, chances are motherhood will bring you to your knees….as you belly laugh about the crazy things your kids do and say. And it will be in the middle of one of those laughing fits (probably when you’re in front of one of those humorless moms) when you have your first leak. Yes, I went there so pick your jaw up off the ground and let’s talk honestly about this for a moment. I carried not one but TWO almost 10 pound babies to full term. They used my bladder as their personal punching bag. Then they each proceeded to dropped directly onto it when they were almost ready to make their entrance into the world. And if that wasn’t bad enough, I had the added job of pushing them both from my body by force. This DID NOT do kind things to my bladder! And while I did my kegel exercises like a queen through both of my pregnancies, let’s just say that the nature of birthin’ babies (said in my best Mammy voice) did more!
Now, the effects were not immediate. In fact, it wasn’t until after I had my second son that I started to realize that (OMG) I was leaking a little. Remember that mortification I was talking about? Well, it didn’t hold a candle to THIS! I knew I had to find a solution….and FAST! And while I’ve tried many options over the past few years, I’ve just discovered a solution that gives me the freedom and confidence to live life without worrying about leaks!
You see, I’m not a big fan of pads. Why would I want something that catches my leaks AFTER they have already happened? Instead I want to PREVENT the leaks caused by Stress Urinary Incontinence when I laugh, cough, sneeze, dance and exercise. And while (thank the heavens) those leaks are rare, that’s exactly what I can do with new Poise Impressa! These internal bladder support products are easy to use – you simply insert them like a tampon. Now, I know what you’re thinking…you don’t leak from THERE! But this is where things get really cool! The Poise Impressa expands, giving you support to your urethra, which prevents the leaks from happening in the first place!
But it gets even better! Impressa knows that no mom is the exact same so they offer products that are as unique as you are! By offering their products in three sizes, they ensure that every woman gets the right fit for her personal needs! Now, don’t go thinking that your jean size is directly related to the size of Impressa you need because, well, we’re talking about another size. This can vary depending on if you’ve had babies naturally, how big they were and your genetic makeup! Poise Impressa recommends that you start with size 1 and if you still experience leaks, move up to size 2 and then 3 until you get the protection you need!
No matter what size you choose, you’ll have freedom from leaks and the confidence to sneeze, cough, exercise and laugh uncontrollably at the funny moments of motherhood without having to worry about Stress Urinary Incontinence! And since Poise Impressa is easy to find at your local Walmart, you won’t have to worry about ever being caught off guard! Just add this great new product to your weekly shopping list and you’ll be on your way to discovering that motherhood, while at times hilarious, should never include leaks!
I’ve come to accept that fact that my kids will go a million miles an hour from sunrise to sunset. I’ve even come to terms with the fact that they will embarrass me almost as much as I embarrass them. But thankfully, one thing I can control in motherhood is the leaks that it not so mysteriously caused. That means that for this mama who knows that the only thing predictable about life is how truly unpredictable it is, leaks are the one thing I won’t have to worry about.
So, now that you know the mysteries of motherhood as explained by ME, it’s time to share your own experience. What moments of motherhood have caught you off guard and caused you to laugh, cry or even leak?