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Things That Became Apparent After I Became A Parent

by - Monday, October 05, 2009

  1. Yes, you can survive on 4 hours sleep a night.
  2. Its amazing what you can do with only one free hand (because the other one is busy holding baby/holding a bottle/holding a breastfeeding baby)
  3. All those things you could accomplish quickly pre-baby take 8x longer to do post baby.
  4. You will be late - for everything.
  5. The spit up on your shoulder is invisible to you and only you.
  6. You will have no qualms dancing around in public places when wearing your baby in her carrier. And sometimes, you will forget and dance around even when baby isn't there :o\
  7. The second you are ready to walk out the door... baby will demand to be fed/be changed/be put to sleep. And you will be late. Refer to #4.
  8. You will have no problem buying many new cute little outfits for your baby, while you walk around in an old hoodie as its the only thing that suits your post-preggo body.
  9. Just when you think have things figured out (like the nap routine or the feeding schedule), baby will keep you on your toes by changing it all up.
  10. It is very easy to take 1200+ photos of a single subject.
  11. Some people are dumb and think its perfectly acceptable for a stranger to come up and touch a baby.
  12. Doing laundry is a daily chore, not a weekly one.
  13. The toys will overtake your house. Resistance is futile.
  14. The amount of drool/poop/spit up is not proportional to the size of the baby.
  15. Joining the parenthood club is the best thing HandyMan and I ever did. The price of initiation is steep, but the rewards are immeasurable.
  16. Managing to write a blog post daily when there is a baby around IS IMPOSSIBLE. (Thanks for sticking with me folks!)

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  1. A cute picture/anecdote about Chloe is definitely worth the slowing of posts. Plus, as your virtual posse, we can't see the spit-up on your shoulder :)

  2. Adrienne12:59 AM

    I couldn't agree more with your list! As a mother of a 2 month old I could have written the list myself!

  3. Awww , look you speak "mommy" now ... my husband and I were just talking yesterday how things change , priorities , goals after you have children, babies are wonderful , the fun has only begun , I love it when people rock the shopping carts back and forth , I saw a man {only a man, no baby} and he was doing that while waiting for his meat at the deli yesterday.
    What you give up is so small in comparison to what you get.
    I love to hear how you are enjoying it .

  4. I also wonder how i will ever keep up the blog when I have a baby. I can barely keep up right now with all that I have going on in my life.

    Keep up the great blogging (when you have time). I enjoy reading your posts.

  5. One little smile makes it all worth it.

  6. Fantastic post! And great outlook--very cute :)

  7. Anonymous12:06 PM

    You are absolutely right on about all of those. What a great list. Our newest baby was born 7 weeks ago, so I totally get it. (I'm imagining that you had to type it one-handed, and that it took 8 x longer to do so than it would have otherwise : )


  8. Hehe this was cute!
    (I'm taking notes)

  9. I agree with all of them esp #10 except it takes 1200 to get one GREAt photo of your baby smiling.

  10. Amanda - I didn't know I had a posse :) Thanks!

    Adrienne - Congratulations! Hope you are getting some sleep.

    Chris - Yup, I'm a member of the Mommy club now. Paid some of my dues... I'm sure there is still more to come, lol! I am enjoying this immensely. So much so that we are already thinking of the next one :)

    vez - As a new papa, I'm sure you could identify with some of the things on the list. Though you guys are managing to keep up with your renos... I'll have to ask you for your tips on that!

    Sarah La Rose - I wondered the same thing too. Somehow, you find a way to make it work.

    Sharon - you are right. It does make it worth it!

    Thanks Alicia!

    jbhat - Congratulations!! I had wondered how you were doing with the new baby. Hope you are enjoying these early days again.

    Shanny - Hopefully soon you will be making a list of your own ;)

  11. Caroline7:43 PM


  12. LOL - can't wait to be able to relate to you in February. So many life changes, but like my best friend says "you can't image life without them and you can't remember what you did with all your time before"

    Take care,

  13. I just came across your blog today for the first time and it's really great. I have three children, 3 1/2, 7 and 9 and I so know what you mean. Reading your list brought me back to the exact feeling I had after the birth of my oldest. Life does go back to semi- normal eventually! Great blog!

  14. So true... my baby is almost 10 years old and you forget what it is like. Your post just brought it all back. It is worth it!

  15. Thanks for the warning! ; )

  16. Yep, all very, very true! Especially the part about the amount of poop not being proportionate to the size of the baby. Meredith had an uncanny ability to generate massive explosive poops at the most inopportune times.

    But it's soooo worth it. Few things in life are more wonderful than a baby! :) And that little Chloe is such a cutie pie!


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