1. You realize you’ve never truly been yourself around another person.
That little baby gets you acting like a complete goofball just to get them to smile or laugh. Stuff you would never be caught dead doing in front of anyone else.
2. You cry at everything.
It all starts with putting away the really tiny baby clothes that don’t fit anymore. Then, all of a sudden, you can’t watch movies or stories on the news about a child being hurt or killed. Every milestone or accomplishment - pass the tissues. Don’t even get me started on those St. Jude’s commercials.
3. A dog is not the same as a child.
Sorry animal lovers. I have a dog myself, and at one time, she was like my baby. But once you have your own little human, perspective changes. I feel bad saying it, but it is just not the same.
4. You find out who your true friends are.
The friends who really love you don’t drift away once you’ve become a mom. They are understanding when you don’t text them back for 4 days. They come to your kid’s birthday party even if they don’t have kids of their own. They offer to watch your baby and mean it. And when it’s just you and them, you still drink wine out of a box and jam out to 90’s hip hop as if nothing has changed at all.
5. The way you look is not the most important thing about your body.
As soon as you give birth, your looks pretty much immediately get thrown on the back burner. You go days at a time without washing your hair. You stop wearing jewelry. Your once perfectly pedicured feet have your husband questioning why you are wearing socks to bed. But guess what – none of that really matters anyway. That body of yours made another human being. And that is simply amazing.
6. You can withstand immense pain.
I’m not just talking about during labor and childbirth (but that’s a bitch, trust me). When you’re a mom, you don’t have time to be sick or hurt. You’ve got another little person relying on you now, so you take a couple swigs of Dayquil and carry on.
7. You can multitask like a boss.
Honestly before I had kids, I don’t know what I did with my time. As a mom, you can fit an incredible amount of things into one day. Except thinking. If you stop to think, the whole system will fail. Like Nike says, just do it.
8. Hearing your own baby cry is the worst sound in the world.
It literally pains your heart. You want to do anything, and I mean anything, to comfort them. This means rocking them for 3 hours in the middle of the night. It means dropping everything and going out to buy the only Mickey Mouse Band-Aids that can cure their boo boo. All while trying not to sob like a baby yourself.
9. You develop a newfound appreciation for your mom.
You can never fully appreciate your mom until you are one. It’s that simple. Just think about it - isn’t it amazing to know you are loved that way?
10. You have never felt a love so strong.
There’s absolutely nothing that even comes close in comparison to the love you feel for your baby. There really aren’t any words to describe it. Sometimes if you think about it long enough, it’s so overwhelming that it makes you cry. You won’t know what you’ve done to deserve it. But this is being a mom. This is true love.