When you’re expecting or a new mom, seasoned and “older” moms tend to give you tons of advice and insight into how a baby changes everything. You know, the sleepless nights, the endless diaper changes, your loss of “me-time” and the ever-present exhaustion. If that leaves you feeling scared and overwhelmed, here’s something to cheer you up – 5 super-awesome ways your life would be much happier and more enriched when baby arrives.
1. Being the Apple of Baby’s Eye
You’ve heard how babies are the center of the universe for a mom. Well, did you know, that a mom is also the center of the universe for a baby. No seriously, when my daughter was a baby, she would gaze up at me adoringly as I sang to her (and trust me, I’m no Whitney Houston) or made the silliest faces ever. She would laugh, clap her tiny, chubby hands and try and copy me. All of a sudden, everything you do matters to that one little person. Ain’t that a wonderful feeling?
2. Making New Friends as a New Mom
When I was in college and later, in the corporate sector, I had friends. But a different sort. So, when my baby arrived, I, like most new mothers, thought that my social life had ended. How wrong I was! I formed a new circle of friends – moms at the park, in stores and in the hospital, people in the community I’d never even noticed. It happens naturally and without you realizing it. All these friendships were thanks to my little munchkin!
3. New Moms Are Compassionate and Patient
You know how impatient you were when minus baby or how irritating a wailing baby would sound. Yeah, all that changes when baby arrives. Your heart flows with compassion at the sight of a crying child and patience just becomes your middle name. I learnt to be patient when starting my daughter on semi-solids and solids and the patience levels have just been increasing as she’s moved on from babyhood to the toddler years.
4. A New Mom is Productive Yet Realistic
I discovered that being a new mother made me very good at completing tasks and managing my time. Talking to my baby daughter helped. I would plan my day while dressing her or feeding her breakfast and then, share my high-fives with her when we crossed off items on the to-do list. However, being a new mom also made me realize that I can’t do it all and remain sane. Delegating and outsourcing chores came easily and without guilt. After all, I’d rather spend time snuggled with my little than scrubbing the outside windows clean.
5. A New Baby Makes Your Twosome a Family
Best part of being a new mom – you’re a family. No longer, a couple but a family. It’s a great sense of belonging that makes you feel all warm and mushy inside.
Babies will change a lot in your life – that goes without saying. But these changes will make you a better person, more happier and positive. So, the next time someone warns you about how life will change when baby is here, just smile and agree. Life will change but for the better.
For more on bonding with your new baby, do read Five Fun and Free Mom and Baby Activities.
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