Having a baby is a life-changing experience. Sure, some of the changes are not exactly desirable, but many of them are simply awesome! Do you know that there are a few things that you never realize until you have a baby? No? Keep reading…
1. Diaper changes
I’m sure you know that babies need their diapers changed a lot, but you will realize just how much “a lot” is when you have your own baby. Newborns need to have their diapers changed on a regular basis. So, be sure to have a lot of diapers, diaper cream and wipes on hand!
2. Sleep deprivation
Another thing you never realize until you have your own baby is sleep deprivation. You’ve heard people say to have more sleep before your baby arrives, but you never realize what sleep deprivation really is until your baby actually arrives. Sure, sleep deprivation can really impact your life for quite a while, but it’s worth it!
3. Nap time is the best time ever
Nap time is the best time not only for your baby, but for you as well. You can work from home, so you can get lots of work done while your baby is napping. If you aren’t working, you can read a book, clean the house, do some gardening, or take a nap yourself when your little one is sleeping.
4. Schedule change
Before you have a baby, you can stay up until midnight and easily sleep until 11:00 on the weekends. Once you have a baby your schedule will change greatly. You will be lucky if you can stay up until 10:00 at night and 7:00 is sleeping in on the weekends! However, this change is not actually all that bad, since you get to have some wonderful moments with your baby during those hours.
5. Belief in magic
Children believe in magic. As an adult you might forget about the magic, but when you have a baby, you see the magic and start believing in it again. The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, dragons, fairies and many other things become real again. It is really great to experience.
6. The little things matter
All those little things that you usually take for granted, such as stomping in puddles, taking a walk, seeing a fire truck rolling down the road, seeing a bee or butterfly, all matter again. And they are so amazing when you have a child!
7. Playing is really fun
Sure, as an adult, you can’t play with toys and games. When you have your own baby, you play with toys and games and have fun with them again. This is one of the things you never realize until you have a baby!
Having a baby is a really rewarding life experience, don’t you agree? What things did you not realize until you had your baby? Share your thoughts, please!