Becoming a parent is simultaneously the most rewarding and frightening thing to happen all at once. During this season of life, it can seem as though your life that you once knew is over and you are now a completely new person. But wait, that’s just it, this is a season, and just the same as all seasons before, it too shall pass. During the long sleepless nights, and the even longer days to come remember your newest family addition will only be little for a short time. Also, try not to get wrapped up in the myths that come along with a newborn, it will help you to enjoy this time as opposed to just surviving it.
You will Have an Instant Connection with Your New Baby
Please do not get down on yourself if you don’t feel an instant connection with your baby. Although many new parents express how the moment they saw their baby they were instantly in love and it was a forever fairy tale. This is not always the case. There is an overwhelming amount of emotion that comes during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Sometimes it takes a little time to get to know each other, but one thing is for sure, that bond will come and you will know exactly when it happens.
You will Always Know what to Do
Yea right, this is far from the truth. I’m sure you have heard it said before “when you are a parent you will just know.” Yes, there are a lot of things that you will just know, like when your kiddo is sick or what their favorite food is. We’re talking about everything else. Parenting does not come with a handbook and there are a million plus things that you will have to learn or just figure out. Don’t worry though, you’ve got this!
You will Never Sleep Again
Okay, before you freak out, remember at the very being where we mentioned that having a baby is a season of your life. This is where you are going to want to take a breath and say that over and over for the next 4 years. Just kidding, but seriously you will sleep again. Honestly, you will sleep during the early years, you will just have a new sleep pattern and wake up during the night, but you will sleep.
You will Never Have Alone Time with Your Spouse Again
Thank goodness this is a myth, how do you think kids get siblings anyway, wink, wink. In all seriousness, though you will not be able to head out last minute to dinner alone three times a week, however with plenty of planning you will still have alone time.
Life is Over as You Know It
We’re talking about the idea of everything you knew pre-baby, doing your hair & makeup, taking a shower, eating, alone time, and anything else you once did or loved. Now while all of these things may not be done all the time like before, they are not over forever. In fact, it is extremely important to make time for the things you need in life to refuel yourself so you can have energy and sanity to take care of your baby.