Lifestyle Changes for Dad
A lot of changes happen when a new baby is on the way and many of them involve you as a father. As an expectant father, you are in for one of the biggest changes of your life! You may be afraid of this change, but having a baby can be the best thing that has ever happened to you. If you are worried about what might come in the future, you should not hesitate to talk it out with your partner and other friends who have children. This will help to ease your worries and give you some realistic expectations about life with a baby.
What About Time With My Friends?
You may feel that you will have to give up your weekend golfing or poker night after you have a baby. This is not true. However, you will not be spending as much time outside of the house as you do now. At first, your partner and your new baby will need you to be around. This is normal when the baby is very small and your partner is recovering from childbirth. Soon, your family will get into a routine and it will be easier to resume your activities. It is healthy to have some time away from your spouse and your child, but do not let it go into excess. Having an activity once or twice a week is a good compromise. Furthermore, you will find that your perception of your priorities will change, although it is different for each father. Besides, you will enjoy watching your baby grow and learn new things and will soon find that you would rather be with them then doing other things.
What About Time Alone With My Partner?
As a parent, you will have to involve your child in all your plans. This means either you bring your baby with you or you hire a babysitter. There are many products on the market to help you take your baby with you. Strollers, infant carriers, and car seats are designed to make traveling with your baby easier. Your baby will enjoy going places and seeing new things. To spend time alone with your spouse, you should hire a babysitter. This will allow you both to have the time you need to keep your relationship healthy and enjoy a little quiet time without having and distractions. You and your spouse may find it hard to trust anyone else with the care for your child. If you can, ask a close family friend or family member who already knows your child, to be the babysitter. This way, you will both be able to enjoy the time away from the baby.
Having a baby promotes many positive changes in your life. You will soon forget what your life was like without your child and you will not really miss it. You will experience a love for your child that is deeper than what you have ever experienced before. You will become more protective, a good listener, and more patient and be amazed at watching your baby grow into a person. Having a child is wonderful and challenging experience that will change you and your perceptions of the world. You will notice how your lifestyle changes, but rest assured that you will be glad it did.