Being a parent is a lesson in humility. You realize that you can’t take anything for granted anymore. If you are completely honest with yourself, you admit that you can no longer pass judgment on anyone. And the day before you become a parent is the last day you can think to yourself: “I know everything and I have all the answers.”
When you are in the mall/restaurant/grocery store and there is a baby screaming you can no longer give the parents the smug disapproving look that says “Can’t you shut him up. And why are you out shopping/eating/having a life with a baby anyway?”
Before baby comes into the world, you can happily announce to the world that you will have an all natural birth, that you will never let a pacifier or baby bottle come near the baby’s mouth, and you will breastfeed until baby is at least a year old. (To moms out there who were blessed enough to have all their birthing/feeding plans work out accordingly (lucky gals!) go ahead and feel proud, but please don’t gloat about it.)
You learn that not all women are lucky enough to bake their little baby for 9+ months, and that there are these special “high risk obgyns” just across the room from the regular obgyns.
You no longer say insensitive things like “Why can’t you make him stop crying”, “Why can’t you put him to sleep”, “Wow, the baby is sick again?”, “Wow, the baby needs to eat again“, “What on earth is your baby wearing”, “Why are you letting your kid watch TV?” “Why are you wearing that?” or “Wow, you look tired.”
You discover that ALL babies are beautiful.
And…you learn to cut everyone a little slack.