Two: Going grocery shopping alone can feel like a vacation: I never really realized how great grocery shopping alone could feel until having a baby. Typically I would avoid the grocery story on a Sunday afternoon like the plague. Now I'm usually the first to volunteer to take a solo trip to pick up some groceries and be able to wander the isles at my leisure.
Three: I don't need 10 hours of sleep a night, although I'd like it! Before having children, I would be the first to tell you how much I love and need my sleep. And while I still feel absolutely the same, I have learned that I can function on far less than I used to.
Four: Spit, dirty diapers, and puke are totally different when your child does them. I don't really have any great explanation as to why this is, but it just is. For whatever reason it's less gross and more tolerable with your own child. Maybe it's the fact that it happens so frequently, it forces you to get over any weird aversions rather quickly.
Five: You can read all the books, blog posts or handouts in the world, but you end up figuring out a plan that works best for you and your child. What might work for other parents, may not work for your child. Instead of constantly beating myself up over Harper not reacting to certain things we tried, we just figured out what did work and went from there. There is so much to learn as a new parent, and for us it was important not to stress over little things and not be too tough on ourselves.
Six: Your body is truly not the same. (maybe it will be one day, but I sorta doubt it) My pre pregnancy pants all fit, but nothing fits the same.
Seven: Your life can become even more scheduled and routine, and you are afraid to divert from that schedule/routine. I know when nap time and meal time is constantly and will change plans around so that we don't miss or interrupt either of those things.
Eight: You can never buy the smaller iPhone again - the pictures multiply daily! I have such a hard time going through my phone and finding photos I don't mind parting with to free up more space. I want them all and don't want to forget any stage!!
Nine: It can be the most exhausting and crazy day, but as soon as she's asleep in her bedroom you miss her! I literally watch her on the monitor and just want to go get her and snuggle her, even if I'm completely exhausted!
Ten: Loving your child is so different than any other kind of love! It's unconditional. No matter how frustrated I feel or tired and emotional I get, I will love her no matter what!