Having a baby is huge change in one’s life. You’ll be having a stroller with you all the time and this can have a very big impact on your daily activities. As for me, it affected my art.
But that’s just one aspect and to be honest, having a baby changes every aspect of your life. Here are a few: You start to possess something great, almost like a super power. You learn to have a love that is limitless. You tend to look more at your baby than yourself in the mirror or to your art. It’s like you have finally created your masterpiece and can’t help but look at it all the time.
After years spending chasing deadlines, buying stuff to use for art, not following a schedule like most artists do then all of a sudden you become a morning person. Even with a lack of sleep you will never fail in getting up early to prepare for the important stuff your baby needs. And on top of the routine that you have started developing, every day is still going to be a surprise, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Because you never know, it may unlock something that may inspire you to apply on your work. Something you didn’t know you have before you had a child.
Something amazing is going to happen with the way you see things; you’re going to feel like you are young again. Not young like you just shed a couple of years. You’re going to believe things like you have believed them as a child; that’s things will be shiny and beautiful, all the birds and the bees.
Don’t worry, your baby is going to love you more for it. It creates a connection, a middle ground, it will make your bond stronger with your child and your art can be much brighter and happier than it was.
All of the struggles and the sacrifices that you have made or thought you have made as a child are now dead and gone. They don’t mean anything now that you have a child. Things are now going to get serious and will be incomparable to the sacrifices you have made when you were a kid yourself.
There are a lot of struggles for a new mom. If you’re not new to parenting, you’ll be more prepared and have a double stroller for convenient travel with your kids. If it’s your first child, you might want to consider getting a travel system instead. It’s a stroller and a car seat at the same time. It saves a lot of money.
You are going to miss birthdays, events, parties and gatherings. Even a few appointments except the ones you have to make or can make with your baby. The money you earn is not just for you alone, but it will be shared with your baby and is probably going to stay that way until they move out. Real sacrifices are going to come along on a regular basis in this new chapter of your life. After all of that, when it’s all said and done, one thing is for sure and evident at the end that there’s this realization that true joy doesn’t come material wealth and that there’s not greater honor and privilege than to have a child.