I want to begin this article saying that while things have changed tremendously for me since I have become a parent, I love my daughter with all of my being and wouldn’t trade anything in the world for her. With that said, I would have to say that the first way my life has changed after becoming a parent is through time. I no longer am able to do things when I get ready, or even when I do or do not feel like it. Because I am now a parent, I haveto move when my daughter alarms me to. Whether it was 3:00 a.m. or 3:00p.m., if she is hungry , sick or needs to be changed, I must do it all around her timing.
Second, I would have to say is appearance. While most of you reading this second aspect may be thinking this is all centered around the baby weight, but I am actually referring to my hair. When I had my daughter I decided that I wanted to go natural. Like most women, I did experience post-partum depression so I decided one day to drastically transform my hair from being chemically processed to completely natural. I went into our bathroom and shaved my head cold turkey, and as of today I celebrate 7 months of being natural, and counting. I decided to do this because I wanted my daughter to know that you are beautiful with your natural hair, and now she has a mom to look up to to help her appreciated it as well.
Third, I would say that a large dose of maturity comes along. Becoming a parent will definitely force you to grow up when you are not relying on anyone to do your job for you. No nannies, or stay-in grand-parents, just you, or your and your spouse. Maturing over night is definitely a hard task, especially if you have only been use to doing things for yourself for so long, but with time, experience, and a child, you will definitely gain some maturity.
Fourth, a sense of responsibility kicks in. Knowing that I have to be held responsible for another human being is completely scary at times, but it is rewarding too. I have someone that I can protect, and someone that will look up to me for advice. It is truly a blessing to know that a Higher being will trust us as people to be responsible for another person…amazing.
Lastly, I can say that I have changed altogether from a more personal perspective. I am more in tune with myself and find myself training my daughter to be the same way. I have learned to appreciate my life for the right now, while striving for the yet to come, and doing it with patience. Patience is a great tool to have as a parent, and daily I am finding that this is something is really developing for the better on my behalf.
These are the 5 Ways My Life Has Changed After Becoming a Parent!