For me, I was all "WORD!" on the following:
4. Don’t use Google to diagnose illnesses. Ever.
6. The terrible twos are bullshit. The terribleness lasts through at least age four. Or, forever.
10. Don’t buy bunk beds, unless you have absolutely no choice.
17. Accept the fact that you will turn into your mother.
26. The four year old check-up is brutal.
Let me just interject and provide a recommendation to #26 as we went through it first-hand this week.
- Don't warn your 4-year-old of the pending doctor's appointment. He'll tell you he "no longer has a headache."
- Oh, and have your husband take him so that the said 4-year-old doesn't absorb your anxiety knowing he is going to get FOUR SHOTS (yup, I'm one of those terrible vaccinators), have to PEE IN A CUP (that's a fun parenting experience apparently), GET BLOOD DRAWN, and do EYE AND EAR SCREENING.
- Bring a 2-year-old for entertainment; especially when you are trying to get a clean-catch of urine from a 4-year-old who is terrified of the office potty.
Thankfully, he's healthy, normal and his only memory of the experience was the lollipop he got from the nurse. And yes, we have confirmation that he is just painfully shy. Dr. G. Love (that's no joke. It's his real abbreviated name Eric came up with) gave Eric advice for me: "get over it." Although I am less inclined to fear speech therapy, I'm now overwhelmed with the anticipation of finding "little person" summer camps and conventions for shorty. He gained some ground with weight (20+ percentile with a hefty 33lbs!), but his current height trajectory puts him at 5'7" after puberty.
38. Walk away from temper tantrums. Or, record them for future enjoyment.
49. A bathroom in a house with boys will never smell clean.