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9 things that change when you become a parent


How you can expect your life to change as a new parent...

What changes after having a baby? The better question would be what doesn't!

Everyone warns you that once you have a new baby your life will change – sure you'll have less money in your purse (and sleep!), but what else?

Here, we give you nine things you can expect to change in your life once you become a new parent...

  1. You don’t need an alarm clock - your baby will wake you in their very own special schedule each morning - and night.
  2. You realise that it really is possible to put another person’s needs and wishes before your own.
  3. Your priorities completely change and things that once seemed crucial now seem trivial.
  4. A visit to the beautician or hairdresser is a distant memory; instead you’ll spend plenty of time playing in the bath with your little one.
  5. You finally appreciate all of the sacrifices your parents made for you and come to relish their stories about what you were like as a child – rather than greeting them with an eye roll!
  6. You develop a new found respect for your own body, marvelling that it can hold, grow and nourish a human being for the nine months of pregnancy and while you breastfeed. In fact, any remaining pregnancy pounds or stretch marks now seem like badges of honour.
  7. You discover a whole new language to describe how amazing your baby is and love telling people about your little one - over and over again - even strangers!
  8. You discover you’re in a new club. When you see other parents whose child is screaming, having a tantrum or refusing to eat, you’re able to give them an understanding look instead of thinking, ‘what a nightmare’.
  9. You become less squeamish and can discuss your birth story (with full gory details) or your baby’s nappy contents without turning a hair.

...Now you know you're a parent!

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