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21 Things New Parents Take A Little Getting Used To

The lack of sleep is just the start.

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1. Changing diapers.

You weren't expecting to love this part of the gig, but you weren't prepared for poo that looked like tar. Or mustard. Or smelled like something that couldn't possibly have come out of a 10-pound baby.

2. Changing diapers in public takes some getting used to as well.

"Um, I think I'll go change the baby in the car."

4. Accepting messiness.

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The mess babies make in their diapers is just the start of their incredible capacity for making messes. Eventually you realize that wearing white just isn't a very good idea.

5. Not oversharing your baby on social media.

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Resisting the urge to post every photo you take of your baby (including the ones of their ears, toes, knees, and elbows) on Facebook is almost impossible at first.

6. Carrying your baby from room to room.

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This is insanely stressful in those early days — especially since babies' heads seem to be magnetically attracted to door frames.

7. Sucking snot out of your baby's nose.

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The NoseFrida Snot Sucker Nasal Aspirator sounds impossibly nasty, but when your sick baby is miserable you'll do anything. You do have to psych yourself up that first time, though.

8. Listening to unsolicited advice.

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When you've first become a parent everyone from the little old lady at the store to the cable guy has opinions — and they're going to lay them on you.

9. All of the laundry.

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Your family laundry pile isn't larger just because of your baby's clothes. It's also larger because of all of your clothes the baby spit up on (or worse).

13. Resisting the urge to buy all of the onesies.

Cute onesies, funny onesies, inappropriate onesies...If you're not careful you'll wake up one morning with a full-blown onesie addiction.

15. Deciding whether to wake a baby to change their diaper or to let them sleep.

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In the beginning you will spend your share of conflicted moments standing over the baby at 3 a.m., but you will soon become amazingly adept at juggling the risk of diaper rash with the need for sleep.

17. Not totally losing it when someone sneezes near your baby in public.

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Eventually you'll squash the urge to pick up your baby and run until you can run no more...eventually.

18. The fact that there are freaking holes in your baby's skull.

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The "soft spots" are totally normal and helped your baby's head to safely pass through the birth canal. You'll still shudder every time you see them for a while, though. (Good news — they'll both close within a year.)

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