The life you had before baby and the life you have after you become a mom are very different, there is no question about it. But you are still you, and you can choose, to a level, to maintain some parts of your pre-baby lifestyle. it’s not like you didn’t know before you got pregnant, that life as a mom will be different, but it is hard (if not impossible) to imagine the changes that take place when you have a baby.
Remember those long nights you spent with your life partner, watching a movie or going out parting? Well, now your long nights include feeding baby, changing diapers and trying everything you can to relieve colic. You’re still up half the night, but not always out of choice.
Suddenly (and somewhat miraculously) you understand your parents, and an appreciation that may have not been there before is instantly there. If you never asked for their advice, you may find you actually want it now. After all, they raised you, and you came out just fine.
Time that used to be yours is not in your hands any more. When baby needs you, you are there for him/her, no matter what you were in the middle of, or what you’d like to be doing right now. The tiny beautiful creature in your hands is 100% dependant on you.
You find strengths you did not know were in you. When you are doing it for your child, whatever ‘it’ is, childbirth, difficulties breastfeeding, etc. you find the way and motivation to overcome the greatest obstacles.
You learn to multi task like you never have before. With all the extra loads of laundry, feeding time, sleepless nights, doctor appointments, play time and more, you will learn how to get it all done, or prioritize and get some rest.
No one said life as a mom was easy, but it is full of accomplishments and joy, and is oh so worth it. And when your little one is not so little anymore, you may get a night out with your spouse, when baby is enjoying the night with the grandparents or a babysitter.