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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."

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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