The Baby Effect: 7 Unexpected Ways Parenting Has Changed Me

Photo by: Andrea Howe
The Phantom Cry
Once I had children, my sense of hearing became heightened, especially to their cries. It became so intense that I often hear a phantom cry; that is, I can swear... more 
Photo by: Andrea Howe
The Phantom Cry
Once I had children, my sense of hearing became heightened, especially to their cries. It became so intense that I often hear a phantom cry; that is, I can swear I hear the baby crying, but it usually ends up being a bird or a kid playing down the street. I guess it keeps us on our toes so that we are prepared for the real thing.
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Tue, Jan 15, 2013 1:16 PM EST
It goes without saying that life changes after you have kids. Within minutes of them placing that baby in your arms, everything changes. The protective momma-bear instinct is ignited, the heightened senses that allow you to wake from a sound sleep, at the faintest sound of your baby's cry. But what was most interesting to me, were the funny quirks and habits that I inevitably picked up once I became a mother. Even years after having my last child, when my third was born there were instincts and habits and behaviors that started right back up again. Here are 7 funny (and, okay, downright weird) things I find myself doing as a mom. - By Andrea Howe



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