What are the things I never worried about before becoming a mom? I had to think about this for a minute because I have been a mom for almost 7 years. It is like a sort of amnesia robbed my memories of my life before my kids. The truth is, it is all simple and small (and seemingly unimportant) things that I never worried about before I was a mom. Do I miss some of it? Yes! But I also wouldn’t turn back time to have any of them back. Can you relate?
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Things I never worried about before becoming a mom
I never thought about the color of my furniture before becoming a mom. Dark furniture is all that I foresee in my future these days. Dark colored furniture hides the artwork my toddler did with the markers he found that my daughter left out within his reach. Before I had my lovely little cherubs, the light colored furniture seemed appealing. Not so much anymore.
I know I am not alone when I look at my closet and see a vast array of black yoga pants, tank tops, and oversized t-shirts. There was a time when those items were far and few between and my closet was a sea of colorful tops and pants made of anything but stretchy cotton. Did I mention there are now more sports bras in my drawer than ever before? It is about comfort these days ladies.
Going to the store
If you don’t consider going to the store alone comparable to a mini vacation, then you, my dear, might not have kids yet. It doesn’t happen very often, but when the opportunity arises to go food shopping alone, you will find me in my car and backing out of the driveway before the person who offered to watch my kids can even finish their sentence. I might even hit up a drive-thru because we all know that when we have kids in the car, going through the drive-thru for a quick soda fix turns into a second lunch and $20 later, you’ve got more than just your drink.
Hiding my treats
Before I became a mom, I had heard of this ancient trick moms pulled in their households; hiding their treats in weird spots. I always thought that I would never have to do that, that I would simply tell my kids (and my husband) that those are mommy’s treats, and you are to leave your paws off of them. I laugh at my younger, childless self! I have Girl Scout cookies stashed where no one can find them because now I can actually have a few when no one is around, instead of thinking the full box I just put in the pantry would have more than one cookie left when I want to have one.
Before having kids, sleep was never something that was on my mind. Late nights out with friends, sleeping in until I woke up on the weekends, naps when I felt like it, that all seems so long ago now. Now my thoughts about sleep are do I stay up when the kids go to bed to have some quiet time or do I catch up on sleep? Do I nap when the toddler is napping, or do I get more housework done since I won’t have a small person tugging at my leg? Sleeping in on the weekend? I lost sight of that luxury long ago.
It is pretty enlightening when you look back at how convenient some of the most mundane parts of life were before you had kids. I wouldn’t change it for the world (ok, maybe it would be nice to go shopping alone more often), but you learn to live life adjusted. It is no longer about you anymore, but about those little people you have living in your house that call you Mom.
What are some of the things you never worried about before becoming a mom? Share with us in the comment section below!