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Unexpected things you get used to when you become a parent

Bird sitting on eggs, which read New Baby

Nothing prepares you for becoming a parent.

You can talk to people you know with babies and try to come to terms with the idea of your life being very different but; when your baby is born, when hormones dictate your emotions, when you are recovering from the physical challenge that labour demanded of you and your partner, and when you are introduced to the concept of truly broken sleep, that’s when the reality hits home.

After your bundle of joy crash lands in to your world, some of the changes take a bit of getting used to.

1. Never being able to catch up on sleep; not at night, not during the day, not ever. Eventually you take any opportunity to get some shut eye, even if it’s only a 20 minute cat nap before bedtime.

2. Showering and going to the bathroom with company.

3. Choosing outfits based on their suitability for breastfeeding, whilst making sure that your stretch marks and baby pouch are adequately covered.

4. Having free time you can’t use constructively, either because you are stuck under your baby, or because you don’t know what to do with a moment of freedom when you get it.

5. Performing basic tasks at lightning speed as soon as baby goes down for a nap. Going to the loo, grabbing a drink and wolfing down a meal just in case your attention is required after as little as 15 minutes. Anything constructive  happens on those rare occasions when he sleeps for an hour or more and you don’t feel the need to sleep yourself.

6. Failing to do anything important on the first attempt. Your ability to problem solve has been hampered by lack of sleep and your baby’s command of your attention.

7. Doing everything with one hand. You’ll find that you become ambidextrous pretty much over night.

8. Forward planning every time you leave the house. Forget being able to nip anywhere and remember to factor in time to deal with the inevitable poonami just as you are about to leave. (In my case, as soon as I start the car!)

9. Locating baby change facilities wherever you go, and realising that sometimes the boot of your car is the most convenient place.

10. Taking the lift. Escalators are impossible with a pram so you have to relearn your way round the shopping centre and possibly even change the way you get there – particularly if, like me, your local station and easiest route in to town is at the top of several flights of stairs.

11. Frequent conversations about poo. What colour, how often, whether it leaked out of the nappy. Before you realise it the poo talk becomes as regular as your baby’s bowel movements.

12. Nappies don’t hold everything. After outfit changes, car seat and bouncer leaks, and discovering that the contents has escaped on to your clothes, you start to wonder whether you fell asleep at nappy initiation.

13. The number of nappies you go through – sometimes several in a changing session when the poo just keeps on coming!

14. Scratches from the sharpest little nails. You’ll soon discover that scratch mitts are useless and it’s almost impossible to cut a small baby’s finger nails, even with the special clippers.

15. Half drunk glasses of water all over the house, because you really don’t want to sit down for a feed without a drink to hand.

16. How much you will be absolutely in love with the small person that has turned your world upside down – even when he’s smiling and cooing at you at 5.00 am when you would prefer to be asleep.


What unexpected things did you have to get used to when you had a baby?



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Becci Johnson

Hi, I’m an almost 6 ft, thirty-something living in Manchester. Writer, blogger & mum to twins plus one.

  • Carol Johnson

    So true

    12th October 2016 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • Talya

    Oh man I remember being on this journey and I so feel you – so many things to get used to as a new parent aren’t there! And yes, it can be totally overwhelming but you’ve got to remember….you’ve got this. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

    13th October 2016 at 12:51 pm Reply
  • Claire

    This is lovely, summed up nicely! x #coolmumclub

    13th October 2016 at 1:03 pm Reply
  • Angela Watling

    This is spot on! I remember having water everywhere but one never being quite in reach for feeding. Also, I agree about the boot of the car for changing nappies. How can shops / cafes not think that perhaps the baby changer is the thing they should keep cleanest???? #CoolMumClub

    13th October 2016 at 9:04 pm Reply
  • Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    Oh I remember all this! It’s a fabulous yet frustrating journey at times but it’s all worth it for sure! I resignate so much with number 6! #coolmumclub

    Jordanne ||

    14th October 2016 at 12:33 am Reply

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