Thursday, March 28, 2013

42 Things that change when you have a baby

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Forty-two things that change when you have a baby

by Rebecca Woolf

Last updated: February 2012

What changes when you have a baby? A better question may be: What doesn't change?

Here, you can read writer and mom Rebecca Woolf's most notable post-baby observations. Then you can scroll down to read our favorite comments from readers about how their babies changed their lives.
What I love most about parenthood

1. You finally stop to smell the roses, because your baby is in your arms.

2. Where you once believed you were fearless, you now find yourself afraid. [See a reader's perspective in #37, below.]

3. The sacrifices you thought you made to have a child no longer seem like sacrifices.

4. You respect your body ... finally.

5. You respect your parents and love them in a new way.

6. You find that your baby's pain feels much worse than your own.

7. You believe once again in the things you believed in as a child.

8. You lose touch with the people in your life whom you should have banished years ago.

9. Your heart breaks much more easily.

10. You think of someone else 234,836,178,976 times a day.

11. Every day is a surprise.

12. Bodily functions are no longer repulsive. In fact, they please you. (Hooray for poop!)

13. You look at your baby in the mirror instead of yourself.

14. You become a morning person.

15. Your love becomes limitless, a superhuman power.

And from our readers:

16. "You discover how much there is to say about one tooth." — Ashley's mom

17. "You finally realize that true joy doesn't come from material wealth." — Anonymous

18. "You now know where the sun comes from." — Charlotte

19. "You'd rather buy a plastic tricycle than those shoes that you've been dying to have." — Sophie's mom

20. "You realize that although sticky, lollipops have magical powers." — Roxanne

21. "You don't mind going to bed at 9 p.m. on Friday night." — Kellye

22. "Silence? What's that?" — Anonymous

23. "You realize that the 15 pounds you can't seem to get rid of are totally worth having." — Brenda

24. "You discover an inner strength you never thought you had." — Ronin and Brookie's mom

25. "You no longer rely on a clock — your baby now sets your schedule." — Thomas' mom

26. "You give parents with a screaming child an 'I-know-the-feeling' look instead of a 'Can't-they-shut-him-up?' one." — Jaidyn's mom

27. "Your dog — who used to be your 'baby' — becomes just a dog." — Kara

[Many readers begged to differ, saying things like, " I disagree with number 27. My dogs are my additional children," "Nothing about previous babies, whether two- or four-legged, changes when a new miracle comes along," "My dog will never be 'just a dog," and "This is sad to me. My dog is still my baby too."]

28. "You take the time for one more hug and kiss even if it means you'll be late." — Tracey

29. "You learn that taking a shower is a luxury." — Jayden's mom

30. "You realize that you can love a complete stranger." — Dezarae's mom

31. "You find yourself wanting to make this world a better place." — Arizona

32. "If you didn’t believe in love at first sight before, now you do!" — Ciara

33. "You start to appreciate Sesame Street for its intellectual contribution." — Anonymous

34. "You have to quit watching the news because you see every story from a mother's perspective and it breaks your heart." — Brooke&Boys

35. "You just plain love life more — everything comes together and becomes better because of one tiny person and your love for them." — Anonymous

36. "You finally find out the real reason you have those breasts." — Anonymous

37. "In response to #2 [above], I'd say that where you were once afraid, you're now fearless. I was always very timid and shy and let myself get walked all over … but now where my kid's concerned, I'll speak my mind and really connect with my inner 'b'!" — gummismom

38. "The support you get from other people surprises you, because the people giving it are not always the ones you'd expect." — japanese_macaque

39. "Nothing is just yours any longer. You share EVERYTHING!" — DylanLsMom

40. "No matter what you've accomplished in life, you look at your child and think, 'I've done a GREAT job!' " — Anonymous

41. "You want to take better care of yourself for your child." — Treasor

42. "You can have the most wonderful conversation using only vowel sounds like 'ahhh' and 'oooo.' " — littlehulk2008



1 comment:

  1. I only think there is about a DOZEN of those I beleive in, I still hate mornings

    People are nosy, and think they can give better adivce then what I am doing I just like to say shut up this is my kid you had yours 20 years ago

    A shower has always been a luxary

    I have always went to bed at 9pm on a Friday

    Lots of this stuff I dont agree with but some people it does. The only thing that ever will is my child is worth more then any money or any lottery I could ever get. I love her so much more then life its self