How Having a Baby Will Change You

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If you are thinking about adding a little one to your family, actively trying to conceive, or pregnant, there is a good chance that you’ve spent many peaceful moments musing over what your life will be like once a baby is added into it. Having a baby will change your life in so many exciting (and alarming) ways.

Everyone warns you, but there’s no way you'll know what sleep deprivation truly feels like until you have a baby. 

You will find random items stuck everywhere. Just this morning, I found three acorns in my car console and a sticker of the state of Kansas in my underwear. Seriously. You will judge people more; not a bad judgy way — that will lessen — but a good judgy way. You will choose the people you surround yourself with better than you did before. Suddenly, Tim the Maniac-Who-Eats-Like-a-Savage isn’t just funny anymore, but he's disgusting. And Kelly the Foul-Mouthed Harlot seems just like her description says she is. You won’t want your kid around any of that.

You will find that being in bed by 9 p.m. is wonderful, instead of depressing. You will want to assault other children if they are mean to your child. Your dog will become YOUR DOG.

You will become more confident and comfortable in your own skin and with who you are. It will get easier to walk away from bad situations and people.

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At least once a day, you will feel grateful; and at least once a day, you will want to scream out an expletive, four-letter word. You will take better care of yourself and your health. You will never again be able to just hop up and leave your house — at least not for a long while. And when you do go out, so many people will stop and talk to you … but only if you've gone out with your baby.

Your showers will get colder because of the propped bouncy seat in the doorway, which you'll peek out at every five seconds. You will no longer be able to say, with any sincerity, what YOU would do if YOUR kid just __________. (You can fill in the blank with “told a woman at the store that she looks like a boy,” “threw herself on the ground of a parking lot in defiance,” “bit your neighbor,” “shoved a ball into the toilet and flushed” …)

Things you used to be fearless about will start to scare you. Personally, I used to ski and get all four corners ripped off my ski pass from going too fast. Now, I’d be proud to have one ripped, because these days I’m crawling down the hill. 

What do you think?

How Having a Baby Will Change You

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36 comments

  1. Profile photo of Ivonne Ivonne says:

    I think it will push me to become the person I wished to be.

  2. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Babies are a big but amazing change

  3. Profile photo of kirsten kirsten says:

    I agree with Samantha. Children are blessings.

  4. Profile photo of Samantha Samantha says:

    A baby will change you but in a positive way.As the saying goes”children will make days shorter,nights longer,budget smaller and a home happier”.kindly visit this site to add more info planmybaby.com

  5. Profile photo of Eva Eva says:

    I think that having a baby makes you appreciate the little things. You get to see the world once again through the eyes of the child you once were. You get a chance to teach your child all of the things they will one day leave home with. Its a wonderful experience!

  6. Profile photo of Beverly Beverly says:

    “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

    – I love this quote and would say it describes how I’m feeling EXACTLY. My little peanut isnt here just yet – he will be in 6 weeks. I already know my feelings well though… Its so intense – your whole life and world revolves around your little one. I dont want to be an overprotective/overwhelmed parent, but I feel my heart and whole world will be more vulnerable now than ever. I can already say that things that were once so important to me (like selfish things) – really mean nothing to me now. This is already life changing and he isnt even here yet… but i cant wait to hold him & love him <3

  7. Profile photo of latonia latonia says:

    Having your first baby is exciting……. I believe a baby will change the way you think and do things!

  8. Profile photo of tspokes007 tspokes007 says:

    i dont agree that your dog becomes just a “dog” they were there first and are still my baby!

  9. Profile photo of Sonia Sonia says:

    a baby will change everything sometimes but new is goood

  10. I like to sit back and enjoy the ride take it for what it is worth and never give up! I usually end up yelling this about a couple times a week “”I GIVE UP”” but my children are picking up on it and always reassure me that its not good to give up and then we all start laughing and everything usually settles down a bit and they all start to listen a little better to me I love being a mother.

  11. Profile photo of Alanna Alanna says:

    A little nervous, a lot excited!

  12. Profile photo of Christina Christina says:

    Having a baby does change you…and it should…but in very positive ways!

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  14. Profile photo of Amy Amy says:

    I really am excited for the change of a little one in the house again.. My baby now is going to be 12 years old days before due date and it is exciting to be able to share the joys of a baby with my husband (this is our first kid together) and my boys and his girls!! It will definitely be a change but a change well worth it!!

  15. Profile photo of Brianna Brianna says:

    I look forward to the change! My husband is my best friend, I could not imagine anyone better to make the change with! What an adventure!

  16. Profile photo of Heather Heather says:

    All I can think of is: that when children are silent that usually means they are up to no good.

  17. Profile photo of Mallory Mallory says:

    Hahaha I bet this is all true and my idea of “peace” will change dramatically.

  18. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    change my life now when i go out without her, i cant stop thinking how is she 🙂

  19. Profile photo of Gabriela Gabriela says:

    Love this article it’s absolutely true :’)

  20. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    My 8 week old has already brought some of these things to light. I’m hoping she never rolls off the couch though!

  21. Profile photo of samantha samantha says:

    I am only 6wks and 4 days pregnant with my first child,my husband and I have been trying for three years.when my husband and I were married his daughter was only a year old but I have been caring for her since she was a month old.i dont think I will feel any different for this baby then what I feel for my step daughterbut my husband think I will.I love my step daughter as if she was my own I have always referred to her as my daughter. I guess we will see how I feel come September. But I don’t think that anything will ever change the way I feel about my little girl biologically mine or not!

  22. Profile photo of samantha samantha says:

    I am only 6wks and 4 days pregnant with my first child,my husband and I have been trying for three years.when my husband and I were married his daughter was only a year old but I have been caring for her since she was a month old.i dont think I will feel any different for this baby then what I feel for my step daughterbut my husband think I will.I love my step daughter as if she was my own I have always referred to her as my daughter. I guess we will see how I feel come September. But I don’t think that anything will ever change the way I feel about my little girl!

  23. Profile photo of Carissa Carissa says:

    I really enjoyed this article.

  24. Profile photo of John Haley John Haley says:

    We are 11 weeks in today. I can already tell a shift in my actions and the way I look at ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.

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