I didn't think I'd be a paranoid new parent. I'd seen many of my friends turn into moms in the years before I became one myself, so I thought I'd be pretty chill as a new mom. In reality, however, I was just as nutty as most new parents. As a result, I have more than a few hilarious stories of things I did as a paranoid new parent. You know, just in case you need some proof that I was completely out of my ever-loving mind.
There's something about how tiny newborns are — like how fresh their skin is and how they are just so brand new to the world — that instantly turns any new parent into a protective lunatic. I was no different, and maybe only veteran parents can learn how to quell that voice inside them that says, "Yes, there is danger all around you." Maybe (read: hopefully) when that tiny newborn phase isn't completely foreign to you, you loosen your grip just a little bit. For me, however and as the mom of an 18-month-old daughter, I'm pretty sure that if you handed me a baby younger than a month, I'd freak out all over again and turn into a nutty new mom for a second time.
But hey, we've all been there, right? Between the powerful emotions that bombard you the moment your newborn is in your arms, and the responsibility of parenthood in general, being a new mom can make you do some pretty crazy things.