Call me a Debbie Downer, but when I have a friend who is expecting their first child, I am the first one to say things like, “YES, childbirth hurts!” Having kids will change your life FOREVER, for better or worse. (Maybe children should come with a set of vows. Let’s face it. Children are a WAY bigger commitment than marriage. Divorce? Available for a fee. Abandoning your children? I don’t think so)
On to my first thoughts, you will no longer be the fun-loving, cute self you once were. Your body is pretty much trashed for awhile and you will wonder what the hell you were thinking. If your husband so much as comes near you with that look in his eye for at least the first year of your child’s life, you will beat him with a stick. Now let me defend myself. I love my children MORE than life itself. I would do anything, anything for them. Which is more than I could have said for anyone else before they were born. So changes, yes. They are in store; most of them glorious and wonderful. Maybe even a little bit of changes in the form of maturity. But take a warning, parenthood is not all that it is cracked up to be. I think everyone who wants a child should have one. But I also think pregnancy should come with a black box warning ( you know, like on cigarette boxes ) of what’s ahead so when that baby comes out, it doesn’t reach up and slap you in the face!