forty two things that change when you have a baby

i am reposting this from babycenter.com because of how it made me think of my behavior ever since mischa came into my life. incidentally, i’ve been having some issues with myself on how other aspects of my life are going at the moment, like i feel so out of touch with other people, i feel out of place and so not in the news, my career sucks, and so on. it’s kind of like you feel your head spinning like a top when you’re not around your kid and i kept wondering why things are going the way they were (not to my liking). but all these naturally stops the moment i set foot in the house at night when i come home from a really bad day at the office and i get to glimpse my mischa. i know i wouldn’t change motherhood for anything in this world, even if everything else can go down the drain. so read on. the things i feel strongly about are highlighted.

What changes when you have a baby? A better question may be: What doesn’t change? Here, writer and mom Rebecca Woolf lists her most notable post-baby observations. Then scroll down to read our favorite comments from readers about how their babies changed their lives.

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 #22, 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…

1. “You discover how much there is to say about one tooth.” — Ashley’s mom

2. “You finally realize that true joy doesn’t come from material wealth.” — Anonymous

3. “You now know where the sun comes from.” — Charlotte

4. “You’d rather buy a plastic tricycle than those shoes that you’ve been dying to have.” — Sophie’s mom

5. “You realize that although sticky, lollipops have magical powers.” — Roxanne

6. “You don’t mind going to bed at 9 p.m. on Friday night.” — Kellye

7. “Silence? What’s that?” — Anonymous

8. “You realize that the 15 pounds you can’t seem to get rid of are totally worth having.” — Brenda

9. “You discover an inner strength you never thought you had.” — Ronin and Brookie’s mom

10. “You no longer rely on a clock — your baby now sets your schedule.” — Thomas’ mom

11. “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

12. “Your dog — who used to be your ‘baby’ — becomes just a dog.” — Kara

13. “You take the time for one more hug and kiss even if it means you’ll be late.” — Tracey

14. “You learn that taking a shower is a luxury.” — Jayden’s mom

15. “You realize that you can love a complete stranger.” — Dezarae’s mom

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

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

18. You start to appreciate Sesame Street for its intellectual contribution. — Anon.

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

20. You just plain love life more – everything comes together and becomes better because of one tiny person and your love for them. — Anon.

21. You finally find out the real reason you have those breasts. — Anon.

22. 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

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

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

25. No matter what you’ve accomplished in life, you look at your child and think, “I’ve done a GREAT job!” — Anon.

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

27. You can have the most wonderful conversation using only vowel sounds like “ahhh” and “oooo.” — littlehulk2008

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One thought on “forty two things that change when you have a baby

  1. hi sis. ive read this also somewhere and ive still yet to discover if they will true for me. me isa lang jan na feeling ko wont be true at all. it’s this one:

    12. “Your dog — who used to be your ‘baby’ — becomes just a dog.” — Kara

    we are a family of animal lovers and i dont think it will change when the baby comes. in fact, we are all telling them to behave once their “ading” (ilocano term for bunso) comes. my mom even asks our “bunso”, Twinkle (our shitzu maltese), if she’ll take care of the baby. hehe i dunno, it will just seem weird for us to suddenly just stop being so inlove with our 4 legged family. as of date we have 2 dogs (in the processes of adopting 2 more) and 9 cats. my mom even wants to buy a rabbit soon. 🙂

    thank u for the asthma comment. i hope my doctors will give me the same reassurance as yours did.

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