When I became a mom I assumed maternity leave was going to be a magical time filled with bonding, snuggling, and playing with my baby. And it was, but it was also mind-numbingly boring. And while I was privileged to even have leave and appreciated the time I had to recover from childbirth and bond with my baby, I had no idea how monotonous the entire process would be. In my experience, there are so many quintessential new mom experiences that are incredibly boring.
If we're being honest, us moms have to admit that babies are dull. I mean, they're cute and all, but for the first few months of their lives they're basically human potatoes As a result, as a mom your day revolves around a schedule of eating, sleeping, and pooping. Not exactly my idea of an exciting time, my friends. Why do you think moms are so obsessed with their babies' bowel movements? That's all we have to talk about, people.
To be clear, I didn't hate staying home with my babies. Hell, I loved it and, again, was very grateful for it. But the drastic change I experienced in what seemed like a mere moment was a shock to my system, and when I brought my baby home I realized motherhood wasn't what I had expected. Life with a newborn was a blur, punctuated by "exciting" moments like getting the mail or discovering a lost baby sock. Discussing the monotony of postpartum life doesn't mean I, or any other mom, is ungrateful. It just means me recognize that so many new mom experiences can be boring, including the following: