The day you find out that you’re going to be a parent is an exciting moment! As you prepare yourself for your new life ahead, there are plenty of things to be excited about. You will no longer be someone who is only looking after yourself, but a carer for another life. It’s a beautiful feeling knowing that it’s up to you to guide someone through their journey and love them unconditionally.
Along with this new role, and the exciting milestones comes a lot of other changes. Some more enjoyable than others. Here are some of the most significant changes that you can anticipate as soon as you have a baby.
Your Body Is No Longer Yours
The minute that you’re pregnant you immediately give up full ownership of your body. You are now living with a roommate who you need to respect and consider at all times. As they grow inside of your belly, you start to become more and more aware of their presence as they kick and squirm and move inside of you.
Even when they are born, you aren’t quite back to your old self yet. They will still be in your arms for a significant portion of the day, and if you’re breastfeeding, you’ll be a human milk factory for a good while.
It’s best to anticipate a period of adjustment while you start to feel good in your own skin again. Be patient with the process as you regain your sense of self.
Inconsistent Sleeping Patterns
Your baby doesn’t come out of the womb sleeping 8-10 hours like a full grown adult. Babies sleep in spurts of 2-4 hours in the beginning, and it gradually starts to increase. Some babies wake up as much as every hour which can exhaust their poor parents.
Eventually, your baby’s sleep patterns will start to resemble an adult’s, and you’ll feel less exhausted. The sleepless nights won’t last forever!
Your Home Decor
Before you have kids, you can fill your house will all of the sharp edges and corners that your heart desires. You don’t have to worry about any little fingers getting caught or falling and hitting their heads.
However, once you’re a parent, you’ll have to start trading in those sharp edges or rounded ones. Everything dangerous will have to be placed on high shelves where they’re out of kid’s reach.
Your decor will be about functionality rather than being chic.
Your Social Life
Having a baby changes your social life tremendously. Your friends who you once spent every weekend with, may not have kids themselves, you won’t be able to join them as often as before.
You’ll find that you start to make more friends who have kids since your social calendars are more complimentary of each other.