8 surprises after having a baby
However much you prepare yourself before your child is born; parenting will blow your mind. Your baby will be the biggest challenge of your life.
1. You have no idea where the time goes.
Those days of taking a long hot shower, waking up late, having long lunches and dinners, are all a thing of the past. You will vaguely remember the last time you had a proper meal, forget having a meal on time.
If you have to go out anywhere, you may feel that you have plenty of time to feed, bathe and dress your baby and yourself, but beware; you will always end up being late.
2. You knew that you will need to buy a lot of diapers, but you underestimated the quantity.
You have no clue about the number of diapers that your baby will need. Here’s a tip. When you go diaper shopping, never buy just 1 pack. Always buy 3 or more to last you at least a week. The same goes for baby wipes.
3. You will start to look a bit different.
Wider hips, larger feet, puffy eyes, post-delivery scars etc. Your body will undergo a lot of changes and sometimes, may never regain its original shape. However, some changes are not permanent. You will eventually lose the extra weight and regain the lost hair.
4. Your relationship with your spouse will change.
This is quite a surprise since you anticipated it, but never really understood how much it’s going to change. Physical and emotional attachment with your spouse will decrease and conflict will increase. You both will end up fighting over petty issues like what time to feed the baby, why the baby is crying, money problems, more expenditure etc.
5. Your relationship with your friends will change.
It will be very difficult for you to meet your friends often. You’ll probably be meeting them once a month if you are lucky. However, good friendships last forever. You’ll be surprised that some of your friends will actually be willing to help you through this new phase.
6. Most new born baby clothes will be wasted.
You will be surprised by the rate at which your baby grows. Babies grow extremely fast in the first few months. Your baby will outgrow his clothes so quickly that some clothes will go unused. If possible, donate all the old clothes to orphanages.
7. You will make “mistakes” you never anticipated.
The number of mistakes you make will surprise you. You may forget to turn off the gas, forget to lock the door, forget to do the dishes, forget to have a bath or ever forget to feed your baby sometimes. But it’s all OK. Each new mistake will teach you something and give you more experience. It’s good to make mistakes and learn from them.
8. There will be certain times when you hate parenting.
Every single parent goes through this. Sometimes, you may feel like a terrible parent because you just don’t want all this anymore. You crave for those days when you were independent of responsibilities. What’s surprising about this is the number of times you develop this feeling. Some parents feel it daily. But that’s just because you are human. At the end of the day, you still love your darling baby more than anything in this world.
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