It rings true that the parenting reality you're experiencing right now seems like the hardest. But fast forward a few years, maybe a couple more than that, and there's a good chance you'll be wishing for those nights when the biggest problem you have is that your baby is teething.
Soon enough, your baby who won't stop putting stuff in her mouth might just been your teen that won't stop putting stuff in her mouth (if you get my meaning) and suddenly you're willing to pay money for the sleepless nights when at least you knew your kid was confined to a crib.
It's easy for me to say that I'll be the parent who will support my child regardless of their decisions and life choices right now. I know how bad it can actually be, so the regrettable tattoos, the scary piercings, the goofy boyfriend with quite possibly the worst haircut I've ever seen seem like a walk in the park.
I'll see your blue hair streak and give you a septum piercing.
But when it actually happens. When my sweet baby comes home with some dragon tattoo on her leg, or a belly button piercing, or some older guy in a snazzy car, I bet it'll be harder than cleaning up the pee off the floor.
I don't even want to think about all the other decisions I might have to deal with as a mother of teenagers. And then adults. Decisions that I can say now I'll be supportive of but when they actually happen, well, who the hell knows.
I hope I can be as supportive as my own mother, who, oddly enough, has always been as non-judgmental as they come. She's had her moments, and rightfully so - when I told her I was getting a divorce. When I announced that I was having a baby out of wedlock.
That's not necessarily like saying I'm working as a stripper for a living, but for someone who's super religious, I might as well have been.
My mom and I disagree on a lot - religion, politics, the list goes on - and yet she never guilts me or preaches to me or tries to change who I am.
I can only hope that I approach my own children's decisions with the same open mind. Until then, I'll take the butt wiping and temper tantrums while I can get them.