Parenthood. One simple word that changed my life forever. After the initial joy of becoming a mother, I became a bit overwhelmed by all of the new feelings and responsibilities that one little 7 lb. baby brought into my life. I knew, from that moment on, life was going to be quite different from anything I had experienced before.
Boy, was I right! I now have two children and seven years of parenting experience under my belt! Throughout this time, my life has changed in so many ways. Here are five aspects of my life that were forever altered when the doctor said, “It’s a girl”.
The first and most notable outside change was to my physical appearance. I assumed during my first pregnancy that all of those pounds I was gaining would just magically disappear when I had the baby. Nope. Didn’t happen. In fact, my body just…..changed. Totally. The styles that looked fabulous on my old body, looked frumpy on my new. This was not a good change! However, it was a small price to pay for bringing my little one into the world!
Besides looking differently, I physically felt differently. My body was exhausted! To keep up with the demands of raising children, I had to start really thinking about what I was eating, how much I exercised, etc. My children were my incentive to take better care of myself than I ever had before. This was definitely a positive change!
Parenthood has also made me less selfish. Before having kids, I didn’t appreciate how much time, money, etc., I used to spend on myself. I didn’t think about it. After becoming a parent, my priorities changed. My children were at the top of my list, not me. I enjoy doing things for them because I love them and they need me. They depend on me in a way that no one else ever has. That fact inspires me to be a more giving, less self-centered person.
Having children unleashed the “organizer” within me! Growing up, I was always the child with the messy room. This carried over into my working years. The desk in my office was always a mess! Having children helped me (really…forced me) to clean up my act! I’m not perfect and I still have relapses, but overall I am a lot more organized than I used to be!
The most significant change has been to how I view my life. I became a happier person after having children. Before my children came along, I never seemed to be totally satisfied with what I had. My children have helped me become more appreciative of the simple things in life. They helped me realize what is truly important to me and how precious life really is.
Parenthood has been scary and wonderful…..all at the same time! Overall, it’s made a very positive impact on my life! I wouldn’t have it any other way!