There’s nothing quite like waking up to a crying baby (like the first night after you were born) to make one feel like a parent, but after six months, there really is no other label to assign ourselves first and foremost aside from simply “mother” and “father”. Aside from the fact that our lives now completely revolve around you, here are some highlights for what makes us feel like we’re fulfilling our biological instinct as parents.
You dictate our sex lives. Well, we aren’t exactly going to have sex while you’re awake.
Our apartment is as colorful as it is cluttered. Baby toys and gear are all about stimulating the senses, and we have a lot of toys and gear now.
We prepare things the night before. No longer can we wake up in the morning and just wing it. If we did, you’d be hungry and crying as we scramble to finish preparing your breakfast while looking for something to eat ourselves. So every night, we must make sure we load the dishwasher, set the laundry for an overnight cycle, pre-boil the water, pre-load the sterilizer, put a bowl of water in the microwave, and make a liter of cold-brew coffee.
Adult conversation only takes place at work or at the dinner table. But I much prefer baby talk because it’s easier on the brain.