30 sacrifices we didn’t realise came part and parcel with having a baby

by Kat de Naoum |

We’d like to start with a disclaimer; our children are the best thing to ever happen to us, we are blessed beyond comprehension, we love them so much it literally hurts, and we wouldn’t change them or any of this parenting lark for the world.

That being said, there are a few things that have come with the whole becoming-a-parent thing that have caught us somewhat unawares. Some of our basic human rights—like enjoying a hot beverage, or washing ourselves on a daily basis—seem to have been stripped away overnight. Who would have thought? Not us, that’s for sure.

We asked a bunch of mums from all walks of life, including our trusty friends over on the Mother & Baby Facebook #mumtribe, what sacrifices—big or small—they’ve had to make since becoming a parent that no one warned them about.

We collected the top 30 most common responses below, and don’t know whether to laugh or cry (we’ve mainly been laughing) because these answers are STRAIGHT FACTS.

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1) Eating

Okay, obviously we eat, but it’s less sitting down at meal time with a knife and fork and enjoying a whole meal in peace, and more neglecting our plate till it’s cold, shoving its contents in with one hand—sans cutlery of course—with a moaning baby on our hip. Gourmet? More like kiddie leftovers, eh?

“Having a hot meal becomes a luxury,” one mum tells us. “If lucky, I get a warm meal, one-handed, and feel blessed if I get to eat a decent meal once a day.”

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