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7 Surefire Ways to Tell if You’re a New Mom

By Meredith Carroll |

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Having one of these is a good sign you're a new mom, but it's not the only sign

Oh, sure, a baby in your arms 24/7/365 is a great way to tell if you’re a new mom. But it isn’t actually the only way.

Life changes when you become a mom. In big ways — like, you’re a mom now. But also in smaller, more subtle ways.

If that little bundle in your arms isn’t proof positive that you’ve entered the New Mom club, then any of these 7 signs should help tip you off:


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You know you're a new mom when . . .

Baby crying on an airplane? Meh.

Who would have thought you’d ever be thrilled to hear a baby crying on a plane? Because as long as it’s not your baby who’s doing the crying, who cares, right?

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Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “7 Surefire Ways to Tell if You’re a New Mom

  1. Jude Strib says:

    OMG I SO do most of these. Thanks for the smile.

  2. brynn says:

    I had to laugh at those 7 signs because they totally are a description of myself. Thanks for posting!

  3. Bonnie says:

    These are 7 signs that you’re a Mom. Period.

  4. Adriana Phillips says:

    You missed one for breast feeding moms … every time I would hear a baby cry while I was a breastfeeding mom. Even if my baby was not with me I would have a letdown and soak right through my breast pads.

  5. Athena says:

    The last one is so very true. I can never hear my daughter talking unless she is right beside me, and my hubby has to wait until baby is sound asleep for him to even bother talking to me lately.

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