25 Things That Are Unexpectedly Hard When You Have a Baby

Being a parent is rough - in some ways that are totally unexpected. Either things that you never would have thought of or that are harder than you imagined with a baby. I’ve probably said it 209890845 time by now – being a parent is hard. Suddenly everything that you do has the added challenge of taking care of another little human while you do it. When you decide to be a parent, you are warned and probably feel ready to accept the responsibility that comes along with having a baby. You can read blog posts, read parenting books, ask other parents, watch movies, do all of the research in the world, but there are somethings that are just unexpectedly hard when you have a baby.

When I say unexpectedly hard, I mean the things that are harder in reality than you thought they would be or things that you never would have thought of that now seem impossible at times.

Here are 25 things that are unexpectedly hard when you have a baby:

  1. Going to the bathroom
  2. Taking a shower
  3. Shaving your legs
  4. Finding a successful morning schedule
  5. Finding a successful bedtime schedule
  6. Succeeding at any schedule
  7. Diaper changes (these are so hard they got their own post!)
  8. Keeping on top of the vacuuming
  9. Wearing clothing not covered in bodily fluids
  10. Wearing clothing not covered in food
  11. Making plans with friends
  12. Not talking too much about your baby
  13. Staying up past 8:00 pm
  14. Not calling your spouse mama or dada
  15. Zipping pajamas on a fighting toddler
  16. Watching a whole episode of anything
  17. Not singing along to your children’s toys
  18. Keeping Cheerios out of the furniture
  19. Knowing what kind of food you just stepped in (well, you hope it was food.)
  20. Finishing a hot cup of coffee
  21. Finishing a hot plate of food
  22. Finishing a conversation
  23. Going out to eat
  24. Leaving any room
  25. Doing most things

Good thing they are cute, right? 😉


Anyone else? What everyday tasks were unexpectedly hard when learning to live with baby?


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31 thoughts on “25 Things That Are Unexpectedly Hard When You Have a Baby

  1. I remember just after having my daughter how much harder things became. Any form of routine was out the window and all the housework was just on top of me! It helps when you have a decent support network and I think if you’re struggling or need time to do the simple little things, like a quick bath, asking for help is key! #stayclassymama

  2. I remember not being able to do sit ups when my young nephews were around because they’d always jump on top of me. And how they’d open my eyelids when I was trying to sleep in, lol.

  3. Amen to all of these. I haven’t shaved my legs for the last 22 months. I try to keep on top of waxing once she is asleep if I am going anywhere special but otherwise I have just resigned myself to having hairy legs. #GlobalBlogging

  4. Everything becomes such a chore! having any kind of conversation without being interrupted 1million times and then completely forgetting what you were saying… Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  5. The two things I found incredibly hard to deal with when Ben was a newborn was to find time to shower alone and the loss of identity. Thankfully he’s big enough now to join me in the bath or at least nap for long enough to have a long relaxing bath watching a 45 minute programme! It did take 15 months though haha!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

  6. I had no idea how hard things would become after having a baby. All I thought about before I had my first was having this cute little baby but had no idea that just having a shower would be hard. And suddenly my husband and I leading such different lives as he still went off to work each day, and I was left alone all day with this tiny little human being. I wouldn’t change it for the world though but it is very hard. #ablogginggoodtime

    • You summed it up so well! Everything changes – it all becomes so much harder…and so much more joyful. 🙂

    • Hahaha. I can’t tell you how many times the phrase “what were you saying?” has come up in the last 11 months! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Oh yes, just getting dressed in the morning is often a challenge, and then when you do manage to get dressed you can guarantee that you will get some kind of stain on your clothes from child. Oh my. Pen x #ThatFridayLinky

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