Babies are so cute and adorable. People sometimes look at the cute little bundles of love and do not think about how much work, time and expense goes into having and raising a child. I love children. I knew I wanted a baby the first time I held a friend’s newborn. You could say my clock was ticking. I was also old enough to calculate out whether or not I could mentally and physically take care of a child. Some people are not lucky enough to think of this until the realization of being pregnant actually hits them. At that time, it’s a little too late to decide whether or not you want to get pregnant. Here are a few things you need to know about babies before you conceive.
The most important thing about having a baby is to remember that they do grow up into teens, young adults and then adults. That cute little baby will not be a baby for very long. The cuteness seems to wear off as they get older. Somehow, those sweet little innocent faces learn to annoy you and to push the limits of your patience and understanding.
Morning sickness is the first not so pleasant surprise babies cause. As the baby tosses and turns in your womb, your stomach does flops that a gymnast could only hope to master. The end result is you usually wind up in the bathroom thankful for the cool toilet you are leaning on.
The quickest thing that you will realize about your baby is that his or her lungs work really well because your baby is loud. Babies cry. It is just a fact that even the doctors will tell you, your baby is going to cry and sometimes they will cry for no reason.
Babies are also very expensive. The expense does not end once they become toddlers. In fact, as babies turn into children and then, young adults the expenses go up. Public school is expensive and that does not include the field trips and all the little extras. College is outrageous. Once you are a parent, you are always a parent and sometimes that means your children, even if they are adults, may come to you for money and support.
Your baby will need lots of care. Sometimes, you will not know what your baby wants, but you will still be able to give your baby basic care. Care does not stop with feeding, clothing and diapering. As your child grows, you will have even more ways to care for him or her. You will need to approve friends, make sure safety is abided by, and even feed and clothe your child – just not literally. Babies need continuous care even as they grow.
Worry turns a carefree individual into a stressed individual. As a parent, you will worry about things that did not even occur to you before. You will worry if you are taking care of your baby correctly. You will worry if you have dressed your child to meet others’ approval. You will worry if your child is eating enough. You will worry whether your child is happy or not. As that baby grows, you will worry who your child is hanging out with and where your child is. You will worry even when your child moves out on his or her own. You will always worry about their safety, health, and well being.
No matter how cute babies are, they grow up. You might want to consider this before conceiving. Babies have a mind of their own. As the child gets older, their independence becomes a subject of constant discussion and struggle. You will always be financially and emotionally strapped to your child. If this does not scare you, it is worth knowing they are also a constant joy.