How did children change your life?

My daughter, Destiny. - This is my daughter, Destiny who just turned 2 in April!
United States
June 3, 2008 11:54am CST
When I first got pregnant with my daughter, my whole entire outlook on life had changed. It wasn't about me anymore, it was all about what I could do to better things for my child when she was born. We named her Destiny because she was our fate, it was meant to be. My life was at a standpoint when we first found out that we were expecting, and now I could not imagine my life without her! (Or her sister, of course!) What's your story?
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• United States
3 Jun 08
My daughter is almost 2 now. I was the same as you, when I found out my wife was pregnant I was filled with several emotions! I was excited, scared, happy, a little sad... But one thing I knew for sure, my life would be forever different! I was overwhelmed with a since of nurturing and caring. Things like driving to work even seemed different, it turned from hastle to happiness because I knew I was going there to be able to care for my family. After she was born things have been crazy, as you well know, I'm sure. Waking up at all times of the night, changing diapers and sheets and clothes, not being able to go out on dates (with my wife) or go out with friends, and all the other things it takes to care for another human-being that you'd normally be too lazy for...these are examples of the bad changes to our lives since she arrived. BUT, these things pale in comparison to the infinite JOY she has blessed our lives with. She makes us laugh and feel the deepest sort of love, the kind I never knew was possible. In short: my daughter is a BLESSING! I, like you, could not imagine my life without her.
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• United States
3 Jun 08
My beautiful baby!! - Baby, almost 2 yrs old!
Thought I'd include this!
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• United States
3 Jun 08
Your daughter is adorable! Thank you for sharing her picture with us. With all things, you have to take the good with the bad. :-) Parenting definitely has it's perks.
• United States
3 Jun 08
It certainly does doesn't it?! Incredibly high highes, and some low lows. It's a wonderful thing and a hefty responsibility!
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Life was NEVER about me even before kids..I was always put on the back burner by myself adn by others.....That changed a few yrs ago...as for how having kids changed me.....Well they not only did they complete me but they also saved my life...not right away mind you in fact it wasnt until my son was almost 4 and my daughter was 2-2 1/2 but it happened none the less....they have also taught me PLENTY about life, love and happiness..
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• United States
3 Jun 08
Ya know, I never really thought about that but I think I was a lot like you. I put others before myself a lot, and usually got treated poorly because of it. My kids saved me as well, I honestly don't know where I would be without them but now that they are here, I couldn't imagine my life without them. We're supposed to be their teachers BUT they are the ones that are teaching me!
@roanne05 (1292)
• Oman
4 Jun 08
wow, what a cute name..also the history behind her name!hehehe!i will let you know when i already have my own child..but right now i am single and happy!as of the moment!hehehe!
• United States
5 Jun 08
Both of my children were named for special reasons - Destiny because of Fate (like I already said) and Serenity from the Serenity Prayer. She is my courage!
@roanne05 (1292)
• Oman
5 Jun 08
i really find it nice with your chosen names!but still like the name destiny!
4 Jun 08
me and my children - a recent picture taken whilst we were on holiday.
my children definatly changed my life for the better, I was all for myself before i became pregnant, i had no worries and didnt really care from one day to the next, i never planned anything and had a carefree easygoing lifestyle like yourself as soon as i became pregnant my outlook on life change dramatically and has stayed that way ever since, i am the mother of 2 beautifull children aged 2 and 3 and they are my life now, i wake up and function for them they are my maint priority and i wouldnt want it any other way.
• United States
5 Jun 08
Wow. Our kids are pretty close in age, my daughters are 2 years old and 9 months old. :-) They are also my everything. Life has a whole new meaning once you have children!
• Philippines
4 Jun 08
I knew back in college that I was meant to be a mother. I finally was one on September 2005 and it did change my outlook in life; thoughts of my son would always be in my head wherever I go and whatever I'd be doing, throughout the day, every day! I consider my son, Lucius, as one of the great miracles in my life. =D p.s. it feels really good sharing "mommy talk" like this.. thanks for opening the discussion! =D
• United States
4 Jun 08
No, thank you for responding and making it a discussion! I'm glad that you were able to experience motherhood. It definitely does bring out the best in most people!
• Indonesia
4 Jun 08
Having my daughter is the best thing in my life. Sure, it comes with difficulties too, trying so hard to provide her the best. But having her has made me more aware to my surroundings, she gives me motivations to do the best I can, I can go through a hard day or weeks remembering that everything I do now is for her.
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
4 Jun 08
i don't have a child yet and i can't wait to have one soon... and when i have one in the future, it is definitely not about myself anymore... i will do and sacrifice everything i can for my child... that's for sure... i and my hubby want what is best for our children and we are willing to risk anything for them... take care and have a nice day...
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Jun 08
Having a child did change me a lot. I have much more sympathy than before. When I see other children have bad experience, my heart is bleeding. I am much more considerate and responsible. I also have to correct some of my bad habits as I need to be a good example for my child. I love China
• China
4 Jun 08
Sorry ,I don't have a child! But I can know your meaning! The same in china, the child is also the hope of the adult!
• United States
4 Jun 08
When I had my first son, I can't really say that my life changed a whole lot. I was never one for going out and partying even though I was still only 20 years old. I usually didn't do much for myself either. I was always about helping other people, because that was what made me feel good. But I will say that I finally felt like I had a purpose in life after he was born. I knew that that was what I was here for, to be a better mother than I had. I did start caring and worrying about things that I never thought I would. I worry about everything now. But mostly, if my life changed at all... it was definitely for the better.
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
3 Jun 08
My life changed when I was 17 years old. I wanted to go right to college and get a good paying job first. I wouldnt change the world for my children and I love everything they teach me every day. I think that having my oldest a few months shy of 18 proved to alot of people that I am more responsiable and caring. Nobody have saw those in me. Now, 4 1/2 years later I cant even remember what my life was like before she entered the world. Good post.
@jashley1 (746)
• United States
3 Jun 08
Well - children have definately changed my life for the better! They have really taught me to examine myself and to be less selfish in every way possible! Having children really teaches you how to love undeniably and to really understand who you are as a person as well. It's amazing to watch them grow and see yourself within them! I had my first daughter at 21 and then two more from there. I am now 25. My children are a blessing to me and I'm so happy to be their mother and have the opportunity to raise them!
@Ohara_1983 (4120)
• Kuwait
3 Jun 08
I guess you hae a point in this matter if what kind of changes it would bring for us but on my part yes it have a lot of changes and it made a better person of who I am at this time because I knew that in this time I knew How to take good care of my child and made something good for their future and it does not put any limitation in me and be confident that I could do things better....