13 Moments That Made Us Realize We're Really, Truly Adults

When did you really feel like a grown-up? We asked Parents editors and Facebook fans to share their OMG-I'm-not-a-kid-anymore moments. Can you relate?

Mom Brain: The Moment It Hit You That You're Really, Truly an Adult

"The moment my Mom's voice came out of my mouth!" — Erin Nickel

"Yesterday on my way to pick up my 3 year old from daycare. A little girl sees me go by and says, 'Hi Tiana's mommy!'" — Tina Maria Patterson

"When my husband deployed and I had to care for our then 18 month old without his help. It made me realize that I was an adult and had to put my son's needs and feelings above my own, even when I wanted to sulk about my husband being gone." — Amanda Dykeman

“We were on vacation. And we had dinner in an Italian restaurant. My daughter was about two years old. And I was carrying her to take her to the bathroom, and she threw up. All over me, all over her, and all over the restaurant floor. And at that moment, I knew that I was the one that had to deal with this.” — Jenna Helwig

“Having a kid coming is making me feel very adult right now!” — Julia Dennison

"When I went outside and yelled at the roofers working next door. The foul language had been bothering me all day but the second my then two year old repeated it, I took charge.
Second time was buying a house. I started out young and clueless, but closed on it a much bigger and stronger person who stood up for our wishes." — Sheri Garvey

“It was when I brought my baby home from the hospital, and it hits me, like, wow, I'm in charge of this person.” — Erika Janes

"When my son told me I could fix anything. Because I was a mom. I remembered being very little and thinking the same. That adults could fix anything." — Nicole Burgess

"When my younger teenage cousins called me the police! At 28... I realized I was no longer cool.LOL" — Chantel Perez

"Realizing you made an adult out of your child perhaps." — Joseph Moniz Âû

"When I realized what a credit score is!! Lol!" — Traci Brown Guthrie

“I think buying my house, which was before I had kids actually. When you sign your name 95 times on documents and promise all your future income to this house. After I had my kids, the first time I felt like an adult was taking my daughter to that first pediatrician appointment. When you're like, I'm her mother.” — Jessica Hartshorn

“Every time I go into mama bear mode where I feel super protective of my kids I feel like okay, I'm the grown up here. Especially when I see their little faces and realize I am the protector." — Grace Bastidas

"I've been married for 10 years, have 3 kids and a bachelor's degree...and I STILL don't feel like an adult." — Joseph Kulha 

"Some days I STILL forget I'm the adult" — Amanda Morris Bledsoe

"I am?...When did that happen!!??" — Diana Velasquez Hoots