So, my son was born last month. It's hard to put into words everything that that entails, from the emotions - excitement, fear, triumph, love, anxiety, peace - to the practical aspects - the lack of sleep, changing a million diapers, holding him for hours when he won't sleep, getting shat on, and so much more.
One thing it does is shift your priorities in a big way. I'm more efficient now that I ever have been in my life.
I recently had a conversation with a friend that went something like this:
Her: My husband plays video games all the time. What should I do?
Me: Have a baby.
Now, most of my video game playing days are behind me as I grew out of my 20s, but prior to having a baby, I was still pretty inefficient. Whether it was checking Facebook constantly, reading gaming forums for games I don't even play anymore, watching movies, or whatever, I often sought out entertainment for entertainment's sake, rather than being as productive as possible.
Not so (well, as much, anyway) anymore. Having a newborn means every moment of free time you can get is precious. In a single moment, all the things that were least important in my life just sort of evaporated.
It's a good feeling. I'm tired, weary, and for every item I scratch off my "To Do" lists, I add two more. But in a weird way, I'm more productive than I've ever been.
Welcome to the world, buddy. It's pretty cool out here.