These Are The Undeniable Stages Of Parenthood You’ll Have To Face, So Buckle Up

Before you become a parent, there are a lot of things that you expect parenting to be like, and then, at the end of it all, things tend to go a bit differently than you thought they would. While every kid and every parent is different, there are some pretty universal stages just about every parent goes through.

The Good “OMG I’m Going To Be A Parent! Stage”

Obstetric sonography with research on the monitor
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It’s the earliest stage when you realize that you’re expecting a child in your life. You tell everyone you know how happy you are and fawn over the sonogram you have taped on the fridge. It’s all about baby names and how excited you are to meet the kid.