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You Know You’re a Parent When… (VIDEO)

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When did you realize you had become a parent?

Was it when you witnessed the birth of your child? Maybe. Was it when you got home from the hospital/birthing center/the other room with your birthing tub? Possible.

Or maybe it was one of those smaller, unique experiences that set the “I’M NOW A PARENT” alarm bells and whistles off.

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49 Responses to “You Know You’re a Parent When… (VIDEO)”

  1. Christina says:

    OMG its poop.

    When did it really hit me that I was a parent? The first bath…with the hose on the kitchen sink…and my mom wasn’t there to stop me…

  2. Jack says:

    I’m sure the “pre-birth” and “post-birth” moments are totally different. But, it first hit me that I was GOING TO BE a parent when I found myself walking through Target, wondering why American bacon is so much more tasty than Canadian bacon, and, mid-thought, totally lost interest, and made a bee line for the baby section and started picturing my little man in different baby outfits. I have a feeling that the actual birth of our son is going to be the moment that really rocks my world though.

  3. stanzi says:

    A few months after my daughter’s birth I started to talk of “my daughter” rather than “my baby”. In the same step I became “her mother” , not “the mommy”.
    I think that’s when reality hit me. There is no getting out of this. Ever.

    My partner’s epiphany sure was poop-related. “OH MY GOD!!!! it’s on my HANDS!!!!”

  4. When nobody came to pick him up, like they used to when I was babysitting… or when I realized that I could say YES to all the things my mom said no to… want to go outside in your PJ’s and splash in rain puddles? Um…. YES! I’m in charge here! Hell yes, that sounds like fun!

  5. Ruby says:

    I knew I was a parent when my boys took turns throwing up on me every New Year’s Eve for seven years (combined).

  6. jennifer says:

    I work in daycare so I was pretty unfazed by the ‘gross’ stuff…but my husband….he knew he was REALLY a Dad the first time our baby sneezed a huge booger …and my husband just picked it off of the little guy with bare hands and flicked it in to the garbage without even batting an eye!!

  7. Phil says:

    One word: meconium. A brand new baby’s way of saying “Oh, yes, dad. You’re in for a WHOLE world of surprises.”

  8. Tara says:

    I knew I was a mother when I caught vomit in my hands and didn’t think anything of it.

  9. Rebecca says:

    when I discovered dried applesauce in my hair.

  10. Carrie says:

    When my oldest daughter was born and everyone had left the room with just the two of us there. I looked at her laying so helpless in the bassinet thinking WOW, she is mine and here for good!!!

  11. Kristin says:

    My epidural was really good, so sometimes it seems almost like a dream. Did this tiny person really come out of me? My husband assures me, yes. Yes it did. Watching him sleep that night in the hospital I knew he was ours but I think once we brought him home and said to each other “They let us take him home! Now what do we do with him?”

    I think it really hit me a couple days later that I was a “mom” was when I was watching a commercial for the new Chipmunks movie and I thought to myself “Wow those chipmunks are dancing very suggestively for a kids movie.” Then I realized that was a real “mom” reaction. Before I wouldn’t have thought twice about how cartoon chipmunks were dancing.

  12. Alan says:

    You know your a parent when: You realize it’s important to have some kind of “wipe” with you wherever you go. Even if it’s an old, repurposed paper napkin, anything will do.

  13. Sarah says:

    When my then one-month old baby projectile pooped all over my leg, while I was changing him, on Christmas Day, in someone else’s house, while I did not have a spare outfit for myself. Miraculously, even though I was about 2 feet away from him and he was lying on their bed, he did not get a drop on anything else but me.

  14. Erich says:

    It hit me 2 days after my daughter was born. I was at the pharmacy getting a prescription for my wife (she had a rough delivery and was scripted some pain meds) and everyone noticed how disheveled I looked. I told them 2 days ago the most beautiful girl had entered into my life. A few clapped, a few pats on the back and I had what I came for.

  15. Paul says:

    Funny as always, Charlie. Great to serve with you at Dad 2.0!

  16. Drew says:

    Had one of these moments during this year’s Super Bowl…Instead of doing shots and/or doubling up on beers during halftime (like I tended to do pre-kid), I gave my son a bath & finished off my third AND final beer.

  17. Big Dan says:

    My moment of awakening (pun intended) was when I woke up on a Saturday morning at 7:30am shortly after my kids started sleeping through the night and my first thought was “Wow! This is great. I got to sleep late today!” There have been many more moments since then, but this one was the first time it hit me that life had changed for ever.

  18. Don says:

    you know you are a parent when your child does something gross, but still love them no matter what…

    my now 2.5 year old was only 9 months at the time. unusually quiet morning, went upstairs to check on her. found her in her crib wide awake. she managed to undo her diaper and was covered in poop. plus the crib, the sheet, and her toys. gave her a bath, cleaned her crib and toys and disinfected the tub. it had to be the nastiest but funniest thing i had ever had to do as a parent.

  19. Tim says:

    Here it is:

    Stopped at a red light, some punks in the next car had their loud booming rap.
    My wife looked at them in disgust, and cranked the volume of the CD that happened to be playing, to compete with their noise.
    Guess what blared out of our speakers?
    …you know you’re a parent when.

  20. The first time my wife left me alone with our baby girl. She had to get out for a bit (I’m sure everyone understands!) and I remember just standing there holding this little girl. She was looking at me and I was looking at her, and it was just us. I just remember thinking, “Whoa.” She did of course promptly spit up after that, thus ending our “moment.” 🙂

  21. Evonne says:

    you tasted the poop??? isn’t that what smelling is for? and if in doubt – don’t!! ROFL.

    hmm, I knew I was a parent when…probably somewhere in the middle of the second night at the hospital (still) unable to sleep thanks to an unsettled bub, feeling miserable and wondering how long it would take for things to go back to normal…BAM! it hits me – maybe this is my new normal (please God, noooo!!) Lol! can laugh about it now – not so funny at the time though ;oP

  22. Love it! I think I knew I was a parent the first night my son came home from hospital, I had 37 minor heart attacks while I sat, awake all night making sure he was breathing. Maybe I knew I was a parent, or maybe I needed Lorazepam. Either way, I was a parent… on Lorazepam. Two kids maybe equals thorazine.

  23. Desiree says:

    When I first tried to wear two snugglies at once just so my tired achy hips got a break.

  24. JennE says:

    My son came up from his playroom completely naked. I went to get a diaper back on him and noticed a poo streak. So after getting him all dressed I went searching for his diaper and clothes. When I found the diaper there was nothing in it. That’s when I knew I was a parent. I had to go searching for my son’s AWOL turd.

    • Christina says:

      Never had this exact problem, but I did find my son’s turd when we discovered that thongies is indeed a bad product idea (he had a wedgie pull-up style) =p

  25. Karen says:

    It hit me when I said something I heard my mother say.

  26. Laure says:

    – When I throw (without even thinking) the thermometer in MY bath
    – When I take my cat on my hip (like my baby)
    – and I soothe her
    – I can to talk about poop with my husband… AND my friends!

  27. Tom F says:

    When the ultrasound showed Twins. Still makes me breathe heavy.

  28. Rachel A. says:

    The first time I cleaned poop-floaters from the bathtub.

  29. juliaopal says:

    I knew I was a parent today- when walking with my son with a runny nose- picking up food while he was on my shoulders, the cashier smiled at me hugely. It was one of those “Hahaha you are going to hate looking in the mirror later smiles.” Yep. Boogers dripping in my hair. I smiled and wiped his boogers, ran a hand through my booger hair and kept on going like everything was fine. I am a Mom. Hear me roar.

  30. Cheryl says:

    When my son woke up at 5am (don’t remember how old he was, but he was super-little), so I went in to rock him. He snuggled up, and even though I was exhausted and the sun was coming up, it was still AWESOME.

  31. Tim says:

    I love how the main use of ikea-bags is to get clothes out of the dryer and apparently it is world wide, since I’m from germany 😉

  32. Waldo120 says:

    You know you’re a parent when you learn to tune out screaming kids just to survive.

    You know you’re a parent when you fall asleep standing up, rocking back and forth in public.

  33. Mark says:

    This past Thanksgiving, my entire family is sitting around 16′ of banquet tables stretched through my grandma’s living & dining rooms. I’m seated at the far end of the living room and can see down the length of the table into my grandma’s kitchen at the back of the house. I spot my son, Charlie (2), alone in the kitchen, eyeing my grandma’s shelf of glass knick-knacks. He looks quickly around to see if anyone is watching, “nope, dad’s not around,” and reaches for a glass dog figurine that she’s had for as long as I can remember. Over the roar of the family at the table I quickly say, “CHARLIE….” and I give him the “You-Know-You’re-Not-Supposed-to-be-Doing-That” look. He blushes and quickly shoves his hands in his pockets, like he knows he supposed to at Great-Grandma’s. My cousin Bill, who’s newly married, is sitting next to me and he’s absolutely aghast! “HOW DID YOU SEE THAT?! THAT WAS LIKE SUPER DAD-RAY-VISION!!” I told him, “I know… it’s too bad I couldn’t harness that power for something else, right?!”

  34. Tanis says:

    You know you’re a parent when you can talk about poop, booger, vomit and any other bodily functions at the dinner table and keep on eating like you were talking about the weather.

  35. Scott says:

    When i was awake the first week more than i was asleep.

    Bit really when he looked into my eyes the first time and fell asleep on me.

  36. April says:

    When you put your nose to your child’s bottom to see if they pooped or peed.

  37. Melody says:

    I was washing all the baby clothes about a week before I was due. My husband walks in and I asked him to help. About 1/2 way through the folding he lifts a undershirt and says “OMG we are going to have a baby and it’s going to fit into this”. He honestly had not really thought that we were about to have a baby. It was so funny. For me it hit the first time I called my mom to tell her my son had finally pooped. We were getting concerned and when he finally went I had to call everyone LOL

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  39. Marilyn says:

    It hit me sometime around the second week, up yet again during the night with my son, and wondering when I’d be able to get some sleep. It suddenly occurred to me that I might never sleep again.

    And when I tried going grocery shopping with the baby, and timed it wrong so we hit a feeding time.

    And when my hubby and I said, “Hey, let’s go out for dinner–oh, wait.”

    Having to make sure restaurants have somewhere we could park a car seat, and being prepared to leave early if the baby got cranky.

    They’re worth every minute.

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