I don't know what I was expecting, exactly, but I do know that from the first moment a new mom looks at her precious new baby, there is always someone (usually it's that crabby nurse) saying, "Sure, he's cute now, but wait until he becomes a TEENAGER!"
Let's stop and have a quick talk about those people, shall we? Here's the deal, the brand new mother does not need to hear about all the difficulties of raising teenagers any more than the pregnant woman needs to hear about your cousin's best friend's aunt's co-worker having the MOST HORRIFIC THING happen during childbirth. The new mother is already freaked out enough that these hospital people are planning to make her leave with this brand new human. She can barely even hold the thing correctly, let alone grasp the idea that society dictates she take it home and care for it for the rest of her ever-loving LIFE! So let's all make a deal to not freak out any more new mothers, mmmkay?
Now that we have that settled, let's talk about TEENAGERS Since I have now been the mother of a teenager for approximately 10 hours, I am obviously an expert. Teenagers are so easy! They just wake up, take a shower, and go to school. Now I haven't had experience with a teen in the afternoon yet, so you might want to check in with me this evening to find out what that's like. But raising a teenager is a complete joy so far.
In closing, I would like to state that having a teenager is about a gazillion times easier than having a newborn. (case in point: I had a full night of sleep last night). Also, we need to start a movement to keep people from freaking out mothers who have new babies. And finally, if all of the teenager-raising I have ahead of me could be as easy as the time I have made it through so far, I'd sure be grateful.
Oh yeah, and one more little thing: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH! YOU ARE THE BEST TEENAGER WE'VE EVER HAD!