Many people look at parenthood as the end of all freedom and fun. Bouts of colic, crying and constipation isn’t for everyone, but it isn’t life ending.
As much as the first few years of parenthood is a struggle, it truly is remarkable creating a little human and watching them grow.
You have a family to create memories with
Whether it’s a trip to the zoo or starting traditions, there is nothing better than creating memories with your child.
It is a huge life change but it’s remarkable. You naturally reflect on your own childhood and try to ensure they have the best time.
One of the perks is having a reason to get excited about Christmas again and reliving the magic.
You’ve got your whole life ahead of you
Do you know what? They’re right. Having a baby does put a stop to some things. I
t also means by the time your child hits high school you will still be young enough to fulfil any ambitions you are yet to achieve. There is no age limit on enjoying life.
Careers are still possible
This is very dependent on your individual circumstances. Women are incredible at managing a hefty workload as well as parenting. This isn’t always easy, but if you’re fortunate enough to have a good support network and employer, you’re good to go.
So if you feel that having a baby will put an end to your career, don’t worry, that isn’t always the case. You can work from home, take a break or just plough straight back into your career after maternity leave.
Millennials are settling down
Chances are you have seen memes on Facebook about how everyone is getting engaged and having babies. By starting your own family, you gain a common ground to your peers.
Some people lose friends when they have a baby, others gain them by having play dates and sharing stories to help other new mums.
It’s surprising how supportive other parents can be, you’ll be talking to people you never would have crossed paths with before.
You can go out and have fun!
You CAN have a break from the nappies and noise by hitting the town when you have a babysitter.
It’s quite common to see parents out enjoying some well-deserved downtime.
Although chances are if you do have a babysitter, you would prefer to just watch normal television with no interruptions or eat your own food without having to share!
Parenthood is what you make it. It’s not a walk in the park, but it’s certainly rewarding. There is no feeling that compares to holding your tiny bundle of joy for the first time. You could be in labour for 60 hours, and as soon as you see those tiny fingers – you’re mesmerised.
Even after they have been a nightmare and pushed your buttons for hours on end, they’re sure to give you a cheeky smile that makes it all worth it.
There really is no love like it.
Parenthood isn’t the end, it’s the beginning of a little life that you get to watch grow and learn.
Disclaimer: Being a parent is a full-time job and may lead to you losing the plot.
Words by Joanne