This guest post was written by Rose, who loves talking about pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms, and what happens after the birth! Brought to you by the UK’s best pregnancy site, offering help and support throughout your pregnancy.
If you’re expecting a baby at the moment you might be working out the last days before your maternity leave, or you might already be kicking back and trying to prepare for the little one.
You have the nappies, babygros, cot, milk, books, check-ups and everything else all sorted. So you’re totally prepared, right? Maybe not…
A friend of mine who recently gave birth was quite blasé about the whole prospect of being a mum. However, once the little one arrived, things dramatically changed. A prior facebook-addict, suddenly her status remained static for weeks, with only the occasional: ‘biggest yawn ever, so adorable!’ or ‘just managed to have a shower then been vomited on,’ statuses to show us she was still around. Incredibly, she’s slimmer now than she was before the pregnancy thanks to changing her diet to revolve around the baby and to breast feeding. When I asked her what her secret was she replied, ‘not having time to eat.’ Well, if it works for her!
Recently, Michael McIntyre, a British comedian, caused a laugh or two about the difference in partners’ sleeping patterns depending on whether they have children or not. He commented on the smugness of some couples’ goodnight ritual: ‘goodnight, sleep well,’ replied with, ‘I will, and you.’ He then compared it with those of couples with children: ‘good luck.’ While the reality might not be this extreme, you will have to kiss those ‘till noon’ sleep-ins goodbye for the time being. Don’t give up hope though, in eighteen years’ time when your teen is nursing a hangover you’ll be able to sleep in until two before they rise from the sofa!
In the meantime, you might have to tone down your vocabulary. And I’m not talking about fancy words with four or more syllables. Nope, its swear words. Your child will copy you in language and tone so next time you accidentally drop a pan on your foot you’ll have to expel your anger with a teeth clenched, ‘sugar’ I’m afraid.
Also, it might be time to confront the inside of the dreaded kitchen appliance. The cooker (or in my case, the microwave.) Once your baby arrives you’ll have less time and more germs to worry about so get the marigolds on and get it out of the way now! (Or you could just stop cooking.)
Funnily enough, the one aspect of her life my friend had no problem changing was priorities. Whereas before she saved up for an expensive dress for the work party, now she’s happily forking out for baby classes, the best new toys which promise to teach your child to walk, talk and cook a four course meal all at the same time, and the most practical, state-of-the-art designed push chairs.
I’m not sure anything can really prepare someone for the changes to their life a baby brings, but perhaps if you try only going for a shower when there is someone else in the house you might get a little idea of how much influence your baby will have on your schedule!
Forget facebook, if you’ve had time to read this whole article, you’re doing well!