Your body knows about the baby. Your breasts grow and maybe sag a little. Your hips widen, and forget their once original size. Stretch marks befriend your stomach and become a badge of honor. Your feet grow mysteriously because you noticed your size 7 shoes no longer fit. Carrying your baby altered your body and not for the worse -- now you're a beautiful momma. There are lots of ways to handle these changes, from balanced diets to new exercise routines. Take your time and figure out what works for you.
Well, that's not completely true. Babies are generally quiet when they sleep. So quiet sometimes you sneak to peek just to "make sure" everything is okay.
However, parents recognize that the moment a child enters our homes, that usual silence we may have been used to ceases to exist.
Now you hear the coos of your newborn, the emphatic independence of a two-year-old, the excitement of a four-year-old or the peaceful breathing of a sleeping child. You don't hear silence. It has moved away. You can try to capture some quiet in an elusive bubble bath -- the ultimate fantasy, right?
Your baby wants "that" now! Actually the small tyrant thinks that if you had been on task, you would have anticipated and been prepared ten minutes ago. Babies do develop patience, but usually not until they move away from home. Even then, a parent can wonder when "it" will happen.
Tasks become more complex. Laundry requires six baskets, two detergents and a huge block of time. A quick jaunt to the store requires a trip planner. Unfortunately while you dread dragging everything to the store, you might find yourself making extra trips because you forget the one item you needed. But that's okay because you have another opportunity to show off your adorable, clever, beautiful (insert proper adjective) baby.
You might notice that your baby has attracted a throng of paparazzi. Okay, journalists probably aren't on the other side of that lens, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and (we blush to admit this) you and the daddy.
Tell us what your biggest new-parent surprise is!
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