Happy Monday friends! As you know (if you’ve read my blog for long at all) I love the start of a new week. To use a quote from Anne of Green Gables, it’s “always fresh, with no mistakes in it.” 🙂
I’m excited to start the week with this post today because it’s a special one! Instead of just hearing my thoughts you’ll be hearing from a lot of fellow moms about how their lives changed when they became parents.
This is a topic I wrote on about a year and a half ago, and now that I have two kids I agree even more with what I wrote then. Feel free to check out that post – Four Ways Having a Baby Will Change Your Life – if you missed it at the time.
Anyway, last month I reached out to the ladies in one of my blogging groups, asking them how their lives changed when they became parents. I absolutely loved hearing their responses! I know you will too, so without any further ado here they are.
Your life is filled with more joy
“Everything becomes so much more magical. So much. You see everything through these eyes that haven’t seen it all before… it’s such an amazing thing.” – Lauren at Bellows in the Berkshires
“My kids have been such blessings in my life. They bring me so much joy every day with the funny things they say and the love they have to give.” – Brenda at Brenda Loves Sharing
“Being a mom brings me joy in a way I hadn’t known before. Watching my three kids enjoy life is a peek into how God truly enjoys and loves us so very deeply!” – LeeAnn at LeeAnn G. Taylor
I like my life better now, feel more fulfilled and satisfied with my work as a mother and my work in general, than I ever did before. The difficulty makes it all more meaningful and so worth it.” – Phylicia at Phylicia Delta
Becoming a mom has been the greatest blessing in my life! I know that God has entrusted me with these little lives to shape and mold, and it is a privilege to do so. Being a mom is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had! – Leslea at A Heart Filled Home
You learn, A LOT
“I thought that I had prepared and was ‘ready to be a Mom’. All that changed the moment I brought my son home….” – Jessica at Harnessing Happy
“Becoming a mama has taught me more about myself than anything else. I learned that life is not about me…. It has also made me a better Christian as I strive to emulate the characteristics that I want my kids to have.” – Brianna at Rookie Mama’s Journey
“I am the parent of a teenager with severe disabilities… and a neurotypical 11 year old. The heart level change came years after becoming a parent because that is how long it took me to submit to God and His goodness.” – Kim at LOMAH
“I think being a parent is the one way you can truly learn to be absolutely selfless. It’s a process, but through every year and every stage you (hopefully) learn to become less concerned with self and more in tune to the needs of others.” – Annika at The Season Ahead
You see your husband with new eyes
“After our first child was born, I saw my husband in a brand-new way. I knew I loved him before, but I had no idea the ways in which I’d grow to love him more. Watching him parent our kids- three of them now- still makes my heart smile in ways I couldn’t have imagined before we became parents.” – Abby at Winstead Wandering
You gain a new level of respect for your own parents
“I appreciate my own mom in a new way and find her much more complex now… I wonder about her feelings when she was raising us… and value her wisdom and strength because I see it for what it really is now. It has given me moments of strength and clarity when I’m facing a difficult day or a new phase as a mom.” – Leighann at Leighann Marquiss
You experience love on a new level
“There is nothing like it. Nothing that can prepare you for it. I’ve never felt a deeper love so instantly than when my babies were born. Mothering is hard. Hard in ways I never knew would be hard. But it is also so, so good. And that goodness brings so much joy and love and I wouldn’t ever change it. This is the most precious time of my life.” – Brittney at For the Love of July
This topic came up with my husband a few evenings ago and I asked him for his thoughts – because of course it’s not just women who’s lives are changed by becoming parents. 😉 He said:
“I think it automatically makes you more responsible because all the sudden you have someone who completely depends on you… And as a guy it softens you up a little especially if you have a little girl.” <3
Now I’d love to hear from you! If you’re a parent, how has your life changed? Please share below in the comments. Then go check out some of these mama’s blogs and give them some love!