5 Things I never did before becoming a Parent
5 Things I never did before becoming a Parent: By Katie at Heels & Hooves:
My daughter is now three months old. When I was pregnant, everyone who had children told me to enjoy the peace and quiet, relax and sleep as much as I could and appreciate my free time.
I don’t think until you have a baby you can really fully do that because you will never understand just how much your life will change when there is a new person in your family until you have experienced it.
Please don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love being a mum. It’s the best job I’ve ever had and I would not change it for the world, but I do sometimes look back at our ‘busy’ life pre-children and giggle. I thought maternity leave would be a long holiday!
There are so many things that are normal now that would never have happened in our household before we had a baby…
1) Rejoicing at a 7.30am lie-in
I have a horse, so I’ve never really been one to lie around in bed, but my weekend 9am alarm call used to be one of my little luxuries.
Since my daughter arrived there have been far too many 5am alarm calls. But when she smiles at you in the dark as you stumble to her cot, you realise you don’t really mind at all.
Those days that she sleeps past 7am though, my husband and I are usually awake first and smiling smugly at one another as we snuggle back (very quietly) under the duvet.
2) Congratulating a family member for passing wind loudly
If there is wind in the baby, your day is not going to go well. So when you have been patting, rubbing, jiggling and bouncing her for 15 minutes, a long loud burp is worthy of huge praise and happiness.
3) Going shopping, maxing out the credit card and coming home with nothing for myself
My body has changed, I don’t really know what suits me anymore and I’ve spent so long in maternity jeans that I’m not even sure what’s in fashion. But baby clothes…. I’m great at buying those.
4) Searching Google images for photos of poo
Is it a normal colour? Consisitency? Amount? Never before have I wanted to see pictures of faeces, but when the nappy is suddenly totally different to yesterday, you need to know.
And the doctor’s surgery is sounding a bit tired of our constant calls.
5) Calling a newfound friend by the name of their child and ‘s mum
You want to make friends with other parents. You need a bit of solidarity and reassurance about your baby worries and you’d love someone to have coffee with to break up the long lonely days sometimes.
But you only know their baby’s name. You’ve seen and chatted to them four or five times at one or another baby class, so it’s too late to ask them (just rude at this stage). So Daisy’s mum it is until you hear somebody else addressing her. Blame baby brain, it’s a great excuse for everything.