Having Children Can Be Stressful

I will never forget the day we saw the first scan of my daughter, it will forever stay with me that I cried at the realization of this beautiful child coming into my life.

Then I got home and another realization hit me and made me cry. I now had to start thinking about, reviewing and then choosing a million different things.

As my mum is very fond of reminding me, things have changed since I was a kid. My stress levels started to rise when I went to the local mart to look at a stroller and saw not the 3 or 4 I expected to have to chose from but a whole row of them. I was very proud of myself for not having a nervous break down there and then.

I was sort of prepared for buying the usual things like strollers, high chairs and even baby seats. Then people started asking if we had chosen a cord blood bank yet?

A what? Of course they then look at you like you are already neglecting your child by not knowing all there is to know about stem cells and umbilical cords. There I was worrying about keeping my daughter alive and then being able to pay for college, suddenly people are talking to me about all the horrible childhood (and adult) illness that can be cured or at least helped if there is cord blood available.

I like to think I am a reasonably smart person and I try not to worry about things I can’t control but it is all to easy as a prospective parent to get sucked into a huge worry fest. If you are already expecting or are doing your best to get that way please take a moment each day to just take a deep breath and let all the fears go away.

Parenting is hard work
, fun and frustrating, but there will be enough real problems without you worrying about things that really won’t ever happen.