Change, they say, is the only thing that is constant in life. As we grow in various ways, we are bound to experience changes.
A new promotion at work comes with changes in responsibilities and whatnot. In the same vein, a toddler growing to become a teen and a teen growing into adulthood will experience certain biological and otherwise changes. Similarly, passing one phase of life into another phase involves embracing the varying changes that it comes with.
The same is true for new parents. Being a new parent includes assuming responsibility for another being, amongst many other significant changes bound to happen. One quick piece of advice is to expect changes from within and outside that you never bargained for – this may probably sound like funny advice for new parents, but I guarantee you will nod your heads in approval when your baby finally comes.
You can trust there are a million and one pieces of advice to help new parents adjust to the changes. Still, the actual process of walking through parenthood rests on no one but you who have chosen to toll this path of life.
Are you looking forward to becoming a parent someday? Or are you already in the process of assuming the status of a new parent? You probably are catching the baby fever and cannot wait to have your mini you running around your space.
Whichever stage of the new parent rave you are in; here are some life changes new parents face that you ought to brace yourself for:
- Your beauty sleep will not be as beautiful anymore
While I advise new parents to get as much sleep as possible, especially when the baby is asleep, we can’t avoid the obvious truth that it will not always be so easy. So get ready to have your beauty sleeps interrupted with the high pitch notes of your baby’s cries. You can nonetheless salvage the situation by taking turns with your partner or nanny to attend to your child.
- Multitasking will become the order of the day
Ask any parent, especially parents who are veterans in the show; parenting transforms you into a multi-tasker in one sitting. You get to rock your baby and prepare their meal simultaneously, or change a diaper while your eyes are on something else like your computer screen; work while giving attention to your kid and many more.
- Physical changes are bound to happen
This is especially true for new moms; your body will change from pregnancy to delivery, breastfeeding and whatnot. Not to worry, however, as this is perfectly normal. You can always lose the extra weight with exercises and other weight loss options if you choose to.
To overcome the struggles of accepting your body after birth, you should start preparing yourself for the bodily changes bound to happen and conditioning your mind to the normality of such changes.
- A renewed sense of responsibility
Before becoming parents, you may have been responsible for just yourself, taking actions suited for yourself alone. Well, sorry to burst your bubbles, but this luxury ends after you become a parent.
Parenting involves making decisions that are no longer you-centric, but that must take your kids into considerations. What to eat, where to spend the vacation, how late to stay out, places to go to, when to sleep and a whole lot more – all these are areas where you will need to make decisions with your responsibility for your kids at the fore of your decision making.
- Financial changes
Maybe you are a boujee spender and do not mind accumulating splurge-worthy items. While this is not a problem in itself, with children comes financial responsibilities too. You may have to cut down on extravagant spending and start planning and saving towards your kids’ future –college funds, insurance, and other significant life milestones.
Parenting is no easy task. However, it is worth every change and discomfort when you get it right and end up grooming the best children you can ever ask for. So get settled and expect these changes as they will surely come. but great news? You are certain to overcome!