Having a baby really does change just about everything in your life. Sure, you are still the same you after you push the equivalent of an 8-pound bowling ball out of your lady parts. But your life has been definitively altered.
Having a baby can create a line of demarcation in your life. You had a pre-baby life and now you have a post-baby life. Same life, but so much has changed.
There are those who would have you believe that your life does not need to change after having a baby. They want you to think that you will be able to pop back into your old life after giving birth as easily as you pop back into your skinny jeans.
I'm here to tell you, that's not the truth. The truth is that your life will be forever changed from the moment you see the two lines on the pregnancy stick. However, that is not a bad thing. Your life will change in amazing ways the likes of which you could never even think of before.
6 Ways My Life Changed For The Better After Becoming a Mom
1) I wasn't first on my list anymore.
As soon as I knew I was pregnant, I had to start thinking of the baby first. I stayed away from cold lunch meat and took the doctor's advice against going horseback riding. I focused on getting my asthma under control — because it wasn't just about me anymore. The things I did affected another human being. Being less selfish was one of my greatest benefits of motherhood.
2) I learned to appreciate silence.
After listening to kids cry and whine, and tell me the story about what happened at recess in every excruciating detail, I now find myself really appreciating the silence when they go to bed. Instead of filling my environment with noise, like I used to before having kids, I now sit in silence and feel the rejuvenating energy it can bring.
3) I am gentler with myself.
I've always been competitive and pushed myself to be the best I could be in everything I did. An A wasn't good enough. I wanted an A+! I was always reaching for some unattainable goal of perfection, or at least excellence, in everything.