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I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in March of 2016, and I have to say, it was love at first sight. However, I was unsure about how being a parent works. As they say, babies don’t come with manuals, but in some ways, I wish they did. I quickly figured out that parenting was a lot of trial and error and can be exhausting, but it is also became the best job in the world. There are lots of things that I love about being a parent.
1.It’s a different kind of love: Even when I was pregnant, I was very protective of by belly and didn’t want anyone to so much as hurt my belly, and in turn, my daughter. When my daughter was born, I realized a kind of love that I never knew before. It’s different from the love you have for a family member, a spouse, and friends. I am a very laid back, non-confrontational person, but the mere thought of someone possibly hurting my daughter makes me fume. I’d go above and beyond to protect that little girl. In addition, as they say, I would work and work just to give my daughter what I didn’t have.
2.The giggles: This is probably one of my favorite things about being a parent. I love hearing the laughter of my own daughter and seeing her happy. It literally lightens any heavy load that I have on my own heart.
3.Helps me “Stop and Smell the Roses”: There are so many things that are new to a child, that is reminds me to slow down and “Stop and Smell the Roses.” There are things that we take for granted because we see them so often. This is not the case for young children. As an example, my daughter finds joy in jumping in puddles, which is something I haven’t done in years!
4.Young children also naturally “Dance like no one is watching.” They haven’t developed the self-consciousness that we develop as we get older, which results in us worrying about what others think. Some people are better at letting things slide of their back, but I’m not one of those. My daughter, however, has taught me to live life the way I want to live it.
5.My daughter has also helped me realize that there are things in life that matter so much more. For example, I have the love of my daughter and a need to support her, so as the saying goes, “I don’t sweat the small stuff” as much anymore. She’s more important.
6. Playing and cuddling with my daughter: There’s something about playing tag and laughing with my daughter, or even cuddling on the couch together. Any stress I’m experiencing fades away in that moment.
7.Having a daughter makes me want to be the best role model and person that I can be. I want her to know love like no other. I also want her to know how to pick herself up even when she’s at her worst. So, even when I’m frustrated and think things are bad (and they have been at times), I want to pick myself up and show her that it’s important to keep going. If something doesn’t work like she wanted it too, there’s always another way.
8. I love watching her grow and learn. When my daughter learns or does something new, it’s such a great feeling. Related to this, it’s so rewarding to be a part of helping someone develop to their fullest potential.
I was unsure about parenting, and whether I’d even be good at it. However, I have found that I love being a parent more than I thought I would. I’d give anything for my little girl. Being a parent isn’t for everyone, but there are so many positives to it that I’d never think twice about it.