7 Awesome Things That Happen When You’re The First Of Your Friends To Have A Baby

Goodbye, unwanted pregnancy advice. Hello, babysitters!

As the first one out of all my friends to have a baby, I can honestly say there are things that were not so awesome about it.

During my pregnancy, it was hard for my girlfriends to understand how tired, sick and crappy I felt, especially during the first four months. I bailed time and time again, even on movie nights or a coffee shop date. All I wanted was a bed, sleep, and for the morning sickness to go away, or at the very least, to occur only in the morning. 

When my little bundle of joy came into the world, I’ll admit I was a little obsessed because I had, you know, just created a human being. Hindsight being 20/20 vision and all that, I can now see that just because I wanted to talk about what was clearly the most wonderful baby in the world, it got a bit old for my friends rather quickly. 

They didn’t get how my life had completely changed and I couldn’t understand how they didn’t get it. 

But there are also some amazing things that happen when you’re the first of your friends to have a baby.

Excitement Overload

When you share the news a baby is on the way, the excitement from your friends is palpable. You will experience squees of delight, bear hugs, and everyone wanting to touch your belly. Their enthusiasm is contagious and will help get you through the days when you’re hanging over a toilet wishing you would stop throwing up.

Your Baby Shower Will Be Spectacular

Your girlfriends will pull out all the stops on this one. Trust me.

Pick a Name, Any Name

Make no mistake, you will put a lot of time and effort into naming your baby. Maybe you will name him after someone in your family, or give her a unique name so she’ll stand out. One of the best parts of being the first of your friends to have a baby is you have the ultimate choice of baby names without fear stealing someone else’s. Yes, baby name stealing is a real thing.

No Unwanted Parenting Advice

Holding your baby too much will spoil her. It’s too cold to take him outside. If you add rice cereal to his formula he’ll sleep better. Why are you letting her sleep in your bed? 

From the moment you start to show, the parenting advice comes faster and more furious than a Vin Diesel movie. You will receive none of these unwanted suggestions from your friends because they have no idea. 

Shhhh…. Can You Keep a Secret?

Having a baby before all your friends makes you the unofficial expert which means when your friends become pregnant, you will be the first person they tell.

Things Are About To Get Stylish

You’ll have the best-dressed baby on the block because shopping for cute baby outfits is fun when you don’t have kids of your own to buy for. You’ll be wearing leggings and a t-shirt covered with spit up while your baby rocks the newest fashion trends, and you’ll love every second of it. Your hardest decision will be which outfit to put on her first (you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings).

Automatic Baby Holders

You may have the odd friend who doesn’t want to hold your baby (and that’s cool! You love her anyway) but when those gal pals come over you have an unending supply of arms to hold that baby while you get things done, like showering.

And when you’re a new mom, a hot shower while someone holds your baby is one of the most awesome things you can experience. 

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