Having a baby is one of the most exciting things that you can ever do with your life, but there are so many things that you take for granted – and you don’t even know it. It’s not until you have a pregnancy and go through labor that you realize how important and precious some of your usually mundane actions are. Babies are beautiful, but they can leech the “feeling human” out of you. With that in mind, we’re going to take you through six things that feel amazing after you’ve had a baby!
That Morning Coffee
You’re sitting in your kitchen that has gone from looking like a kitchen to looking like the inside of a florist, and the baby is still asleep. As you’ve read the studies proving caffeine has no impact on breastfeeding, a cup of steaming hot coffee feels simply amazing – especially as the baby is still asleep!
A Hot Shower
Previously, you’d get in from work, jump in the shower, and then carry on with your evening. Now? Now, a shower is a soapy, long affair. It’s those five minutes you get to be a human being and attend to your OWN needs for a while. It’s hard to take a hot shower when your baby won’t be put down, so savor these minutes!
The Magic Of Breasts
Crying baby? Offer a boob. Hungry baby? Offer a boob. Teething baby? Offer a boob. Sleepy baby? Offer a boob. No matter what, the closeness and comfort of breastfeeding will always soothe your baby. You get to benefit from buckets of oxytocin, and your baby is left milk-drunk, cute, and content. Win-win!
When You Sleep
Before, sleep was a necessity between work and waking. A lie-in was a staple on a Saturday morning, and it was something to grab as a priority. Now? It’s a currency. You’ll change fifteen diapers in exchange for an extra half an hour in bed. They say to sleep when the baby sleeps, but it’s not always the case that you get to do that, so you should rest when you can and enjoy every moment.
You may have been quite the hermit before you had your baby, but now you’re in a position where you get cabin fever when you sit indoors. So, you get out of the house for a walk when you can, and the fresh air hits you like nothing out there!
Dating Your Partner
You will never understand or appreciate how precious dating your partner is until you can’t just go out for drinks or head to the cinema. Those moments where you get to spend time with your partner one to one are much further and fewer between, and you should enjoy them while you have the chance. Plus, he’ll bring you flowers!
Having a baby is a miracle, and you should enjoy every possible moment they’re in your life. However, you should also try to keep hold of the things you love from your old life – like peeing alone – where you can!