It goes without saying that things change once you become a parent. I think it’s also safe to say that it’s almost everything that changes. Even though that is true, you also find yourself surprised at the things that change, because it’s things you never thought would change or things you never really thought of before in the first place. For example:
Then: You always heard parents talk about how quickly everything goes by, and you kind of dismiss it because you’ve been around nieces/nephews (or a friend’s child) and they didn’t grow up too quickly. So, now you think you’re prepared for it.
Now: You realize they were saying it because it’s true. I look at the pictures of Baby E when she was in the hospital, and I don’t remember her being that small….and she’s only 7 months old.
Then: When you’d hear parents tell stories about their children, you’d kind of roll your eyes because you couldn’t believe they were getting that excited over something so small.
Now: You find yourself getting excited over all the small things. She said something that sounded like “Da Da” and I almost started crying.
Then: You used to get mad at those assholes who would drive the speed limit.
Now: When Baby E is in the car, I’m that asshole.
Then: When you got bodily functions on you (such as urine, snot, or feces), it was disgusting and you had to wash it off as soon as it got on you.
Now: It’s no big deal and it can wait until you’re done doing what you’re doing.
Then: The sound of a child screaming in a grocery store annoyed the hell out of you.
Now: It still annoys the hell out of you, unless it’s your child.
Then: You needed sleep to function.
Now: What’s sleep?
That’s all I can think of for now. Do you have any of your own? Feel free to leave them in the comments.