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Aug 29 2012

5 Realizations About Yourself when You First Have a Child

Published by at 7:20 am under Editorial

Didn’t I just mention yesterday how I wouldn’t be doing too many daddy articles?  Well too bad.  If that’s all I conjure up right now then that’s what I’m going to have to write about.  Besides, I feel like many of you men out there are my age and dealing with the same crap I am so whatever.

Besides, how often in your lives do you have a life changing event that really shows you what you’re made of?  As far as life itself I think I’ve got it figured it out.   In my opinion we have 5 lives.  The life from 0-18, 18-22, 22 until marriage, marriage until children, and then becoming grandparents.  Basically it’s childhood, high school, college, marriage, becoming a parent, and then grandparent.   When each one ends, a new one begins and it’s as if you’re living a whole new life while the old one is retired.

And here are five things you realize once you hit the parenting stage…..

I’m a Machine

Before I had my child I wouldn’t say that I was lazy but I will say that I just didn’t realize what I was capable.  When you have a child you’re put into “have to” mode so you don’t have much time to decide on taking action.  For a nervous guy like me it’s actually a good thing.  No time to think, just do.   And boy has productivity just shot through the roof.   Now when I do work it’s like I only have so much time so my focus is laser sharp and I get things done quicker.   Had I had this focus prior to my kid I’d have been President by now.   You really do kick it up a notch.

Didn’t know I could love something that much

I remember thinking when I first had my child how I wouldn’t even care all that much.  It’s not that I wouldn’t be happy.  It’s just that I never realized how unbelievable this little kid is.   And honestly I don’t know what makes me feel that way.  Perhaps it’s the whole miracle of life thing.   Whatever it is, I just know that I’d do anything and everything for this kid.   And boy if anyone ever even so much tried to hurt him?  Murder wouldn’t even be a second thought for me.

Will I ever sleep?

Hey I’m not gonna lie.  This article may sound like sunshine and rainbows but let’s face the facts.   I ain’t sleeping normally again for at least the next 10-15 years.   That’s just a fact of life I’m gonna have to get over.   Doesn’t mean I like it though.

I never question anything, I just do

This falls in line with being a machine.   When a baby cries, you react.  If he poops.  You react.  If laundry has to be done, you do it.  In my previous life I could put things off.   With a baby you really cannot.   Otherwise your house becomes a mess and you dig yourself a hole that can become too big to get out of.  As much as I try not to be a robot, sometimes it’s the best thing for the child.

I either love you or hate you based on your parenting style

Having a child really makes you analyze other people.  You just can’t help it.  All of a sudden you see other parents and how they take care of their kids.  You either gain a ton of respect for them or start to loathe them.  It’s just the way it is but it’s inevitable.

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