Becoming a parent has been the greatest adventure of my life. My daughter is thirteen now, yet I can still remember what she looked like the first day I brought her home. I remember her first word, first step, and first scar. I made room for her in my life because I saw the beauty of being her mom. When I became a parent my life changed in so many ways.
5 Ways My life Changed After I Became a Parent: Dining habits
My dining etiquette has taken a turn for the worst after I became a parent. Before I had my daughter, I was a charming dinner companion. I always cut my meal into small pieces, and chewed each part thoughtfully while I mulled over the conversation. It was pleasurable to dine with me. After my daughter was born, it was all about survival. Between cries for attention, diaper changes, food, and irritating rashes it was near impossible for me to eat. If I could get a stale cracker into my mouth, I considered that a victory. Right before her birth, I weighed in at a whopping 121 pounds. I was already petite, but this kind of pressure caused me to lose baby weight I never gained in the first place. I had to combat my weight loss with appalling eating habits. I learned to shove an entire roll into my mouth and swallow within five seconds. Things have gotten better as she gets older, but I will never see that delicate girl again.
5 Ways My life Changed After I Became a Parent: The gross factor
My threshold for putting up with disgusting things became considerably higher after a couple of months of diaper changes and the like. By like, I mean when foul smelling fluids begin to irrupt from both ends of my beautiful baby girl. These types are activities go on for so long that you become immune to other human beings being gross. Before my baby entered the picture, I would never allow another human being to throw up in my hair. Now, when a child throws up in a restaurant, my first reaction is help find a mop to clean it up.
5 Ways My life Changed After I Became a Parent: Reaction time
Children do very dangerous things at times. My daughter was quite found of peeling the safety cover off and exploring the electrical outlet with a fork. She had no fear of opening the front door and running down the street like a feral child. My reaction time has shortened considerably since having my daughter. I no longer have to thing about what must be done in an emergency, my body rushes to protect. This skill has carried over to my work when emergencies have happened. I am confident, that if someone had a heart attack on the street, I would have 911 on the phone while others would be still searching their purses.
5 Ways My life Changed After I Became a Parent: Patience
This is the biggest thing you learn in raising a child. Your precious baby grows up, learns to talk, and that’s when the trouble begins. They suddenly become little attorneys that plead their case. You just want them to do what you say, but now you have to convince them. All of a sudden, they have their own ideas and ways of doing things. Clashes happen, and you have to learn a whole new way to parent. My level of patience changed after I became a parent. I learned to listen to what she had to say. I also learned to compromise with her on many things big and small. As a parent you also teach, which you need extreme patience. It is sometimes hard for another human being to get a concept you are describing.
5 Ways My life Changed After I Became a Parent: Social life
After I had my daughter my social life went poof. It happened the very first day I brought her home. The days of clubbing, road trips, and other carefree activities were over. I was fine with that of course, I knew this when I signed up. However, I did get quite lonely in the first few years of my child’s development. It becomes easier to have a social life when they get older, but you might lose some friends in the process due to neglect. However, at some point, your social life changes. You start to hang out with the other moms and get some of that fun back. The fun is quite different then you remember it, but you are grateful all the same.
I still remember the day my daughter unscrewed her bedroom door handle with a plastic toy screwdriver. She laughed at her own cleverness as I watched her, mouth agape. Being a parent has changed my life in so many ways, for that I am thankful to her.