My daughter has changed my life drastically. I am so grateful for her and grateful for all of the wonderful changes she has brought into my life such as the abundance of love and the respect for my own mother. I am now focused more on safety everyday and filled with joy at the sight of her smile. Having a child brings on so many changes to a young woman’s life. Maybe this change is not for everyone, but I enjoy it. It lets me know I am a great mother. I pray that all mothers can feel the tremendous amount of love I feel.
The main thing that has changed in my life since I have given birth to my daughter is the newly found respect I have for my own mother. Now I understand how much she loves me and how she must have felt when her little girl did something hurtful. Having your own child lets you feel the way your own mother felt and you begin to realize everyday that you are like her whether you enjoy it or not. I love my mother for all of her struggles and now I see how hard she may have had it and even when she did have it hard she did the right things for her children. I know I will do the same.
Having a child also changes the amount of time you have to spend completely on yourself. I used to be able to sleep until two in the afternoon if I felt like doing so, but now that is not the case. I must put my daughter first and meet her needs and after some getting used to, there is not a problem in waking in the early morning to make a bottle of formula. You become used to these things as your maternal instincts take over your body. Still, time for friends and fun can be shortened, but the way I see it is if I need to be out with some friends it will be for a walk or a visit. That way I can bring my daughter along. I am not the type to drop her off with a babysitter just to go have a good time. Once a baby is born you need to make sacrifices. One of them is alittle of your free time. That is just the way it is.
The amount of love I feel since I have had my daughter is unimaginable. I feel like I am the best everyday when I am near her and look at her smile. She is beautiful and I made her. I am proud. Love is a feeling that everyone can say that they have felt, but the love that shines on from the depth of a child’s heart is much different. The love for a child is so strong. I would do anything in the world to save, protect, heal, or help her. She is the best thing in the world. Now, instead of thinking of myself I think of her and her safety. In the car I wonder if there may be a drunk, reckless, or sleepy driver who may possibly cause a crash and hurt my precious baby. I would die. I would not be able to handle losing her. My love for her is endless.
Some mothers I know are young and uninformed. I find them continuing to put their needs before their child’s and it saddens me. I have no idea how they can do such a thing. They may not do these things in a neglectful way, but they are young and lazy like I once was. Having a child changed all of that. I am no longer lazy and even if I wanted to be I would not be. I have a child now who needs me to play with her and hold her and feed her. I need to be there for her before anything else in the world. Laziness should fade after having a child but for some it does not such as the young mother who leaves her baby cry for a long period of time before finding the strength to pull herself from bed. A baby needs to be fed on demand. I have changed because now I wake up at the first tiny whimper. I have also seen a mother who used a blanket wrapped around her child’s tiny face to “hold” her baby’s pacifier in his mouth because it would continuously fall out. I would just get up continuously to replace it. It is not hard for me and I do not understand how others can be so lazy when it comes to the care of their children. I am glad that my daughter has changed this for me.
Having a child changed everything. I am very grateful for all of the changes my daughter has placed in my life. They are definitely not negative changes. They are changes that have helped me grow as a person and as a woman. I am more mature, happy, responsible, and loving. She has truly saved my life and helped me learn to be an adult. My daughter has changed my life for the best.