Whether your family is full of children or you are interested in adopting children, you are probably well aware of the many joys that a child can bring into your family and your life. From laughter and smiles to curiosity and love, there are so many wonderful moments that come from spending time with a child. At A Is 4 Adoption in California, we understand that adoption has the power to change lives for the better. From birth mothers and their children to adoptive parents, we are here to provide the best outcome for everyone. Contact us today to find out how our adoption center can help you bring home the child your family needs.

Most people know that many things will change in your life when you bring a baby into your home, but not all of the changes are obvious, until they happen. Here’s a brief list of just some of the many changes you can look forward to whether you will be a mom or a dad:

  • You finally stop and smell the roses because your baby is in your arms
  • The sacrifices you made to have a baby no longer seem like sacrifices
  • You respect your parents and love them in a new way
  • Any pain your child will experience will feel much worse than your own
  • Once again, you believe in things that you believed as a child
  • You think of someone else more times than you can count in just one day
  • Bodily functions no longer gross you out, in fact, you celebrate them — you went potty!
  • The love you have for your child becomes limitless
  • You realize that true joy does not come from material things

While this is just a brief list of some of the things that will change when a child enters your life, there are so many more wonderful experiences to look forward to. We’ll take a more in-depth look at a few other things that will change when you bring home your bundle of joy. At A Is 4 Adoption in California, our adoption center is honored to be a part of helping to pair birth mothers with adoptive parents. If you are ready to move forward in your journey to becoming parents, then please contact us today.

1. Everything Takes Longer

Before you had children, leaving the house was a fairly simple matter. You got yourself ready, grabbed your wallet or purse, and left the house. When you have a child, you will find that it will no longer be easy to leave your house as quickly. Depending on the age of your child, you will spend a good deal of time packing all of the things you might need while you are out. From diapers and spit-up cloths to a change of clothes, and more, there is an almost endless list of items to make sure that you pack. You will probably want to add an additional hour to your getting-ready routine to make sure that you are able to leave the house on time.

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2. Your Perspective on Almost Everything Will Change

There are likely many things that you have enjoyed up to now that will change once you bring home your child. From where you live to the activities you are involved in, be prepared to reevaluate things out of consideration for what is best for your child. For example, there are many couples who have indicated that they absolutely loved living in the city prior to having children. The reality of living in the city with children, however, made them realize that it was not the best situation for their family.

3. Your Forms of Entertainment Will Change

Prior to having children, you may have enjoyed regularly going to the movies, exploring new restaurants, and reading a great book. Once you bring a child into your home, be prepared to discover that your favorite form of entertainment is watching your baby do literally anything. Watching your baby make cooing noises, roll over, and grab for things will be far better than any other form of entertainment you’ve ever experienced. You may not believe us now, but just wait until your baby is in your home.

4. You’ll Adjust Your Standards of Cleanliness

While we’re not saying that you’ll allow your home to become a pit, the truth is that you’ll probably not worry about having the cleanest home since you’ll be more interested in spending time snuggling or playing with your baby. In fact, you may find yourself sitting on the couch one evening looking at the living room floor that is strewn with toys, diapers, and blankets, and find that you really don’t mind. The truth is that you’ll still work to keep your home clean and tidy, but it will be a new version of clean and tidy.

5. Your Heart Will Grow in Size

While the Grinch might be a fictional character, the truth is that your heart can and will grow in size when you bring a child into your home. No matter how much you may love the people in your life, there is no way that you have ever felt the amount of love for another person that you will feel when you hold your child. You will discover that a part of your heart opens that you never knew existed, and you feel boundless love for this tiny and fragile person who has joined your family.

6. You’ll Make New Friends

Once you moved on from high school and college, you probably found that making friends wasn’t as easy. Depending on where you started work, you may not have had a whole lot in common with your coworkers. Bringing a child into your life will open doors to making friends with other new parents. You’ll find that you’re suddenly more interested in discussing the best methods for helping your child to sleep or ways to help them develop their motor skills than you are in discussing the top news stories. Whether you share similar backgrounds with these new friends won’t really matter — you’ll develop relationships based on mutual experiences of parenting.

7. Your Sense of Empathy Will Increase

If you’ve ever been on an airplane when a baby started crying, you probably felt an immediate rush of frustration and irritation. Depending on the length of your flight, you might have wished for a magic wand to whisk you away to anywhere but the plane. Once you have a child, however, you’ll likely find that a crying baby on a plane no longer causes you irritation, but rather, a deep sense of empathy for both the child and the parent. You might even discover that you are less self-centered, less jaded, and more compassionate because you truly understand how difficult it is to be a parent.

8. You’ll Cut Yourself Some Slack

Parenting is the one experience in life that will teach you, more than any other, that there is no room for perfectionism. If you try to be a super parent, you’ll quickly find that it is exhausting and not worth the effort. Your child will love you for who you are and the way that you make them feel. They will remember special moments spent with you long after they have moved out of the house. The dishes will always be there, but one day, your child will move out. When you remind yourself of these things, you will find it easier to let chores like vacuuming or washing dishes slide in order to spend more time with your child.

At A Is 4 Adoption, we want to help you grow your family with the joy that only a child can bring. There is so much that they can add to your life, and we would love to partner with you in your adoption journey. Please contact our adoption center in California to learn more.