I think this is a common question. I suspect there are multiple slide shows cluttering up the interwebs on the subject. Now that you’re a mom, how have you changed? How is life different?
Of course the simple cliched answer is: everything has changed. And it’s cliche because it is true.
But to be more specific: I now find myself tearing up, shedding tears, choking back sobs, and occasionally totally weeping far more often now. Every damn day. Multiple times a day!
Seriously. Before I was a mom I was a rock. I am not saying I was emotionally healthy, but I refused to cry in public. EVER. I mostly never cried in private either.
Bambi’s mom dies?
Simba’s dad dies?
World Trade Towers struck (I remember):
I know why, but it’s another post. The point is, before kids, I was purposeful and successful at suppressing almost any emotion – especially negative ones.
Sappy commercial on tv?
Read a story about a 9 year old saving a kitten?
Watch a sad movie?
Think about Bambi…and his mother….
Okay. I couldn’t find an image of Spock sobbing. But seriously. The snot bubbles are real.
So what has changed? I am constantly on the verge of tears. I haven’t even mentioned the times I well up with joy or pride for the little rug rats.
How is being a mom different? You cry more. A lot more. Pretty much all the time.
Consider yourself warned.