It’s no secret that things change once you become a parent. Your priorities shift, your social calendar shifts, even your body parts shift! And there’s one change I’m noticing more and more as Jack and Baby Charlie grow: becoming a parent means developing super human senses. How so? Let me count the ways…
- Parents have a keen and selective sense of smell! It turns on and off as needed. Moms – we can smell baby’s hot, juicy “present” at an instant. And then, when we go to change the little one, poof! Smell deactivated! Scents that would make the childless folks keel over are powerless against us. It’s a survival mechanism for sure.
- Parents have the “Spidey Sense” when it comes to catching falling objects. Bottles, toys, cell phones, that paci you JUST cleaned off for the millionth time. We can see it tumbling before it leaves baby’s pudgy little fingers. Unfortunately, this one is selective for me, too. Intentionally toss me my car keys and I’ll miss them. Every time.
- Parents, breastfeeding moms especially, know when baby is hungry sometimes before he even does. You can see it in the way he starts huffing and puffing. You can hear it in his whimpers. And all my fellow BF moms – you get that familiar ZING. You know what I’m talking about… when Baby Jack was first born, the ZING used to wake me up. Without fail – Jack’s hunger cries would come minutes later. Now that charlie is here it’s the same drill all over again. And don’t even get me started on the ZING when you’re just talking about baby, thinking about baby, or even hear someone else’s baby cry. We are super human milking machines!
- And while we’re talking about crying. I never used to believe people when they said, “Oh, you’ll be able to tell what baby wants just from his cry.” This super human ability to distinguish hungry cry from tired cry is one for the record books!
- And how about the super human sense of hearing all parents posses? I can wake from a dead sleep in the middle of the night to hear baby cough, whimper, roll over or fart… you name it. Now if only this sense were selective. I could really do without hearing my husband roll over and fart!
- Moms have the super human ability to soothe any problem. One hug, kiss or loving reassurance is usually all it takes to bring baby down from a total meltdown. A little rocking and a hum can calm even the crankiest little guy.
- And finally, probably the most powerful super human sense of all: Parents have the absolute and indefinite ability to love unconditionally. I have no explanation for this one. But every parent out there knows the feeling. This feeling of overwhelming love for another human being. I’d take all the crying, pooping, huffing, puffing, farting and puking in the world for this one super human sense.
Parents – what other super human senses did you gain once you became a parent?!