I always knew I wanted children but wasn’t sure how many I wanted or when the best time to have them would be. Especially since I was happy with my lifestyle, my career and my social life was great. So I wasn’t in any rush to have children, but I did know that it would happen one day. After my husband and I got married, we waited a few years before even discussing whether it was time to have a baby. Once we started discussing the baby topic, it just felt that the time was right. I did the marriage thing, the house thing and what’s next – baby! Now not all couples plan it this way, but from what I saw it looked that way. My friends were in the same stage of life as me and it just felt right – to have a baby!
When I found out I was pregnant with my first I was so excited about everything! The pregnancy stages, getting her nursery set up, purchasing clothing/ baby items- but I think every first time mom is like that. But what I didn’t know was how much love I would have for this baby.
When my daughter was born, everything changed. She became my everything! I would never have imagined that a little baby could bring me so much love and change my life. The year I was off on Mat leave, I never once had a day where I wanted my old lifestyle back. Even when I got two hours of sleep in a whole day or she cried all day, I loved every moment (or just reminded myself at times, time goes by very quickly – so enjoy it) .
I was challenged in a new way, not by work projects but by learning the development stages of my daughter. Yes, the first 6 months, were challenging but fun, exciting, with new experiences that had remarkable outcomes – smiles, laughing, crawling, pointing, standing, saying her first word, learning how to share, making friends, and the list goes on. Those moments are what makes every first time mom smile or cry because it only happens once.
Now that my daughter is 16 months old and I’m back at work full-time, being a mom has changed everything. My daughter is my number one (& my husband), she is the reason why I check my phone every 30 minutes to make sure the daycare hasn’t called me, I think about whether she ate all her lunch or had a good nap at the daycare, leave work on time, rush home from work, spend all my free time with her before she goes to sleep. During the weekends, I rather be with her than anyone. There is no more after work drinks/dinners or staying late at work to finish projects ahead of time. She changed my lifestyle for the better and I love it!
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