Life Pre and Post Baby

A couple weeks ago, Katie asked me to talk about life pre and post baby.  It was great to sit back ad reflect on how my life has changed in the last 9 months and I thought I would share the post here with all of you today.

Remember when E was teeny tiny like the picture above?  Seeing how little and sweet he was reminds me of those early stages and how wonderful and yet overwhelming everything is all of a sudden.  I remember the weeks leading up to Ethan's birth and how ready and anxious I was to meet him!  I was nesting like crazy and had prepared for him as much as possible...I was ready to leave our life behind as a family of two and start our family of three!

Now that we've lived as a family of three for nine months...I have a little perspective.  Life is so much more full now...but let's be honest, it's also a whole lot more complicated!

Before baby, I could get a pedicure, catch a movie, or sleep in until noon.
Now, it's all about coordinating a babysitter if I want to escape and sleep...what's that?!  ;)

Before baby, we would take a short weekend trip to visit friends.
Now, we have friends come to visit's so much easier with baby!

Before baby, I wouldn't think twice about what I wore...neckline, material, you name it.
Now, my only concern is how easy it is to nurse in!

Before baby, I would lunch with friends.
Now, we get together for walks...I call it the stroller brigade!

Before baby, traveling was a breeze.
Now, we have to coordinate the pack 'n play, stroller, carseat, diapers, bottles, get the picture!

Before baby, bodily functions grossed me out.
Now, pee, poop, spitup, vomit, you name all seems so normal.

Before baby, I used to buy fun clothes for myself.
Now, all I want to do is shop for baby!

Before baby, the holidays were about following family tradition.
Now, they are SO much more fun as we develop new traditions with Ethan.

Before baby, life was so "easy".
Now, life is so worth it.

And last, before baby, I thought I knew what love was all about.
And now, I have a deeper love for this little being than I could ever imagine.  He is truly the light of our lives and I can't imagine life without him.

{photography via artyard}

How has your life changed pre and post baby?

xo natasha

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  1. love this post! especially the last part about before life being "easy" and now it is "worth it". Beautifully said! I totally agree with everything you wrote, especially the part about getting together with friends for walks! I have to say that having a baby has also really evolved my friendships, (as I am the first of my friends to have a baby)some connections have grown apart, but most have gotten stronger! Crazy how much love babies bring to our lives!

  2. Amen sista! Clothes for myself? What's that. I only shop for Vinny now :)

  3. Perfect post, I couldn't have said it better myself. Before baby I jammed out in the car alone, now if Avery isn't with me, I turn the music off and enjoy the peace and quiet! Before baby, I would enjoy a glass of wine and wouldn't think twice about it. Now, it's planned around her nursing schedule and the second glass isn't even worth it anymore!

  4. I agree with so many of your pre/post baby differences!

  5. So true! I can't really remember how my days were before Caden, everything is so much better now that he is here :)

  6. I totally agree with life pre and post babe. I love the line where you said life is so worth it now, could not agree more.

  7. I totally agree and understand this post so well. This coming weekend will be the first weekend we are packing up the baby and heading out to visit family and I am already panicking about the packing list. I can not remember my life very clearly before the baby, and to be honest...I really don't want to! And what you say about love before and after true. Beautiful post, love!!!!

  8. so so beautiful. I always love hearing this perspective :) it changes but life is so full! xoxo that baby ethan is going to be a heartbreaker!!

  9. Wonderful post Natasha! Life now is full... it feels complete.

  10. this is so sweet & makes me so excited for my little man to arrive in 2 days :)

  11. So sweet! It is a big change for sure, but in a good way.

  12. Seriously incredible all of the physical and emotional changes we go through as new moms. Thanks for posting Natasha. It's hard job being a mom, but it's so worth it!

  13. Such a sweet post! I love hearing that of course there are changes, but that doesn't mean they are negative ones. :) Thanks for sharing!

  14. Aww, I loved this! So happy that I know your sweet little family :)

  15. I absolutely love this post! So heartfelt and true!

  16. Awe, this is such a great post. Thanks so much for sharing. We don't have kids yet, but the time is coming soon. I will definitely try to soak up the "before baby' things you mentioned. Great post to always have!

  17. I love this post - it's SO true. I'm going out of town for work tomorrow for the first night away from my baby. My husband has a work meeting tomorrow night too, so we had to coordinate with my parents to pick up Charlie, etc. WOW - it sure takes a lot more effort to go out of town for work for just one night post baby. But you're right - every extra planning and extra effort and lack of sleep is so worth it.

  18. That first picture melted my heart. And OMG, you took the words right out of my mouth (albeit, much more elegantly) about pre/post baby.

    thanks for this


  19. Awe, this is so special. Very honest and real. I can identify with all of those changes and some of them are drawbacks. . . and yet the trade off is so amazingly worth it. Mommyhood is an interesting juxtaposition. I can feel the love you have for that sweet little being. Thanks for sharing.

  20. such a sweet & sentimental post! with truth! i love it.

  21. I love this! It's amazing how much life changes for the better once you have a baby.


  22. your "before" and "afters" are SO true! no one can understand any of this until it happens to them! i feel like i was SO clueless before baby!

  23. Beautiful post and so true. Life is wildly different after a baby, We sacrifice alot but it is all worth it. I can't imagine my life before Sterling, he is my life now! xoxo

  24. I absolutely love this post, thank you for writing it! I love hearing from moms about how life changes after baby, it's so reassuring and helps you prepare :)


  25. Look at how much he has changed... gosh it is crazy how fast they grow...! I think I just drink more wine now. Just kidding! (Kind of!) :)

  26. Thank you for posting this...I love hearing moms talk honestly about how having a baby changes life.

  27. Such a lovely post. I would love to read more posts like this one from you! It's great for a soon-to-be first time Mum like myself to hear what life is like after baby arrives. I love what you said about now life being so worth it. I can't wait for my little man to arrive!

    Bump to Baby

  28. So sweet! I'm going to be a first time mom in June and it's always nice to hear how even though it's overwhelming- it's so worth it!