Five Ways Having a Newborn Changed My Life

Five Ways Having a Newborn Changed My Life

Becoming a parent changes your life in some pretty dramatic ways, and not just in the ways you’d think.

  1. Sleep. I used to sleep like a rock. As a child, I once slept through a home invasion. The next morning I was mad that my brother had woken up and got to watch Johnny Carson with my mom and the police while I blissfully snoozed. Now, mom radar wakes me at every little noise. Co-sleeping has been a life saver for this reason. Less crying equals more sleep for me.
  2. Travel. Getting on a plane as a single twenty-something, I remember scanning the plane for cute guys. These days, I find myself hoping that the kind little grandma-looking lady will sit next to us, because grandmas LOVE babies. They love holding them, entertaining them, and they don’t even mind if they cry. A grandma who is not even related to you will help you carry bags off the plane, or hold baby while you unfold the stroller. Locate these women whenever you travel. They are awesome.
  3. Shop. The mall used to be the most expensive trip I ever took. Now, it’s Target. Those Target marketers, they are smart. Because the quickest way to the diaper section is either past the women’s clothes or through the baby section. When people ask me if cloth diapers save money, the source of savings I cite most is the fact that I don’t go to Target as much. A trip through the baby clearance section once a week adds up.
  4. Drive. We lived 2 miles from the birth center where we our first daughter. It was all city streets, and we drove 15 to 20 miles an hour the whole way. It felt like we were doing 80. Today I have three kids, and I am routinely the car doing 50 in a 60 in the far right lane. You can spot me most days shaking my fist at “those darn kids” who are passing me going 65.

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