I know all children are snotty, I knew this before I had a baby and it was one of the things I was least looking forward to (nappies, birth and vomit were also high on my dread list), but I hadn’t actually appreciated what the worst bit of it would be.
Does it ever end? No really, those who have older children, when does the snot stop? Admittedly Jem has had several colds, but also seems to get a runny nose when he is teething (read: constantly since 8 weeks). Now I’ve read that teething can last until 2…does this mean he will be a snot monster until then??? Luckily he does love a tissue (although ideally in his mouth rather than up his nose) but pre-baby I always had a fear of children with snotty noses and used to wonder why their parents didn’t clear it up…now I understand. I expected the nappies to be pretty foul (my expectations have been met…) Our experiences of post weaning vomit have been pretty awful, but manageable (who knew I would be capable of breastfeeding a baby in the shower whilst trying to pick bits of dried sick out of his hair…it had been in there all night and he’d been rolling around in it…even typing this brings back the nausea…) I feel I dealt with the everlasting posseting very well, not even flinching as the baby threw up over my shoulder (…splattering onto the stairs) every time I took him back to bed after a night feed. These are all delights of motherhood that I was concerned I might not cope with, it turns out that you just don’t know until you try.