10 things that change forever when you have a baby

Having kids is full of surprises and means changes that you may not have expected. 

It is often said how having children changes your life completely and it is entirely true, they turn your whole world upside down but in a very good way. Parents will often mention how they don’t know what they did before they had kids and here are some of the ways having children totally alters your life.
  • There is no need for an alarm clock- Who needs an alarm clock when a bright eyed and bushy tailed baby will cry till Mammy or Daddy are up? The most disappointing part of parenting is realising that when children sleep through the night that still means a 7am (if your lucky) start. 
  • Early nights are bliss- Going on wild nights out and rolling in at 3am was great fun but now the clock hitting midnight sends shivers down your spine as you frantically count the hours sleep you have till your new day begins. 
  • You are stronger – it’s hard to describe but you somehow find a strength that you previously didn’t have.
  • Hairdressers are a luxury, in fact even having a shower is like a mini spa- There is very little time to get to the hairdressers,  thank god for wet wipes and dry shampoo, these items are literally life savers. 
  • Make friends easier than before - Having little ones opens doors to new friendships as the little ones will just start playing together paving the way for parents to have a chat. 
  • You feel pain if your little one is unwell- Watching your child being sick is definitely the not so cool side to parenting. You feel every bit of their pain and anguish. 
  • You become more emotional – You cry at things you never would have before. 
  • There is no rush on having a bikini body- Having kids can change your perspective on your body. It just never seems to bounce back the same however this takes second place to more important things. 
  • You have constant cuddles and kisses- There is nothing more kids love than being cuddled up with their parents and you feel so loved all the time. There may be days when they have their tantrums and scream but the love you share will never deplete it is unconditional and lifelong.
  • You become more knowledgeable about random stuff – reflux, types of nappies, breast pumps, freezing dinners, iron on name tags..the list is endless
Every day is new and challenging- Parenting is the hardest thing you will ever do and it will become increasingly harder as the youngsters get older to steer
them well. The rewards are endless though and the pride parents get when their kiddies do well makes it all worth it.
So embrace the madness, enjoy the highs and battle through the lows as life with kids is hard but amazing. Enjoy X
Written by Emma, Irish mummy blogger and staff writer at  www.familyfriendlyhq.ie 
Check out her own blog at emmasmadjotters.com

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes is a busy mum to two girls aged 17 and 11 and is married to her childhood sweetheart.

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