Before, After AND After

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Remember the days before children?

Heck, remember the days before child became childREN?

I do.

Here’s what I remember before children, after one child AND after the second one is born.

Showers

Before: Lasted at least 10 minutes. Hair, luxuriously washed and rinsed properly. There’s even time to shave your legs!

After: 5 minutes in and out. Washing hair is a luxury. Legs, hairy.

After/ After: Two minutes for a quick rinse. Legs, if hairy can be hairier, hairier.

Clothes

Before: Freshly laundered and pressed, fairly fashionable outfit that was well thought out in advance.

After: Clean tee and yoga pants. On good days, a cute clean tee and jeans.

After/ After: Is this clean? Does it smell? No? That will do.

Meals

Before: Dinner for two at a restaurant where you can eat at a leisurely pace? Even order dessert? Yes please.

After: You managed to eat a proper meal at least once a day? Pat yourself on the back.

After/ After: Your meal is your toddler’s leftovers. Eaten standing up.

Sleep

Before: 8 hours. Uninterrupted.

After: Maybe 6-7 hours, interrupted frequently. Then toddler sleeps through the night, yay!

After/ After: Sleep? What’s that?

Going Out The Door

Before: Makeup? Check. Nice clothes? Check. Cute shoes? Check. On time? Check.

After: Diaper bag? Check. Oh wait, need diapers. Wet wipes? Argh, need new pack. Snacks? Water? Check. Phew. Shit, where are my keys?

After/ After: Who has time to go out? Alternatively: Diaper bag with everything? Double check. Children all dressed and ready to go? Check. Yay! Except that took 2 hours because someone always needs to go to the potty/ has a diaper blowout just as you head out the front door.

Happiness

Before: The joy of being one half of a couple. Yes.

After: The joy of being a mother for the first time. Oh my heart.

After/ After: Love, multiplied.

I am clean (somewhat) wearing (somewhat) clean clothes and I do eat (sort of) and get some sleep (kind of). It’s all good. PS: Don’t ask about my legs.

Confess: what do you miss about before?

Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • June 11, 2012 Alma

    wait hold on… let me see if I remember…
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Haha! Get back to me when you do πŸ™‚

  • June 11, 2012 Rivki

    Haha, I actually got my legs waxed not so long ago. It was the only way. And well worth the cost. Also, now I will eat, hidden in the corner of the kitchen, so my kids won’t want my food. I don’t even use a diaper bag anymore, just stuff everything in my purse. My extremely big purse, which is probably part of the reason my back hurts.

    I miss being able to sit in a coffeeshop, or go to an art gallery without finding and paying for a sitter. Also I miss thrift store and garage sale shopping. But, of course, I wouldn’t trade it for anything! My babies are the best reason to have a helper skelter life. πŸ™‚
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      I stuff everything into the diaper bag, I miss my Coach bag!!

      Ooh, waxing, that’s an idea. Wait, who has time to go out? πŸ™‚

  • June 11, 2012 Carolyn

    Loved this, it is soooo true!
    What do I miss about before? Errands used to take 5 minutes and I could bang out 2 or 3 in one trip.
    Now, they take at least 1/2 hour and many times aren’t even completed.
    Oh well.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, I know what you mean!!

  • June 11, 2012 Kerstin

    Great post, Alison – especially the last one. Everything else will fall into place as well!

    My kids are almost 11 and almost 15. What I miss about before?
    The not worrying. I worry lots about them, about my son’s migraines, about their happiness, pretty much about everything… but I would not have it any other way;) – as long as they are well, I’m happy.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      My mother, whose oldest son is 41, STILL WORRIES ABOUT US πŸ™‚

  • June 11, 2012 Kimberly

    Taking a pee by myself and not having a 3 year old telling me that I need to tuck my weiner down so I “don’t spray the place”…sigh

    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • June 11, 2012 Laura

    Ha. Again, yes to all of this! Except the showers – I have LONG showers. I stay in until the hot water runs out. I only shower when the husband is home, and I do it very rarely, so I give myself permission to take a long time and enjoy being alone.

    I’m still hairy.

    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      You totally deserve a long hot shower. WE ALL DO.

      Welcome to the hairy club.

  • June 11, 2012 tracy

    So funny. Soon you will back to the before though. Trust me. And ready for your 3rd. xo
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      What, you mean sitting down to a hot meal and actually eating it while it’s hot IS IN THE HORIZON????

      (this womb is closed for business!)

  • June 11, 2012 Christine

    I can’t help but think what I did with all that time I had before I had children! The thing that I miss most is sitting and drinking a hot cup of coffee and reading the newspaper on the weekends. And finishing that cup of coffee while it’s still hot.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      I microwave my tea every day. Sometimes more than once!

  • June 11, 2012 Sarah Reinhart

    Love the list! Like you, my showers are quick–I’m just happy if I get to take one by myself. We call my daughter “the shower bomber” (she’ll be three this summer) You’ll be in there, minding your own business, standing beneath the water and then BOOM. You turn around–there’s a little naked redhead behind you. She’s in before you know it. Sigh. Then I feel obligated to make the water warmer instead of the scalding temperature that I prefer. Wouldn’t want to make her uncomfortable. Sigh again.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Hahaha that’s so cute!!!! So at what age will you er, tell her to stop hijacking showers?

  • June 11, 2012 Jessica

    Oh I can SO relate to this. When I had C I felt like what little freedom I had went right out the door. But so worth it! The thing I miss most is using the bathroom by myself. If I could pee in peace, Id be so happy!
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Oh I know, private bathroom time, I miss that!

  • June 11, 2012 vanita

    I’m dying here because i can relate to every single one of these. my poor legs go 2 weeks now before a nair. hubby’s too tired to notice or care so we’re good. i swear 80% of my wardrobe is yoga pants and tank tops. and if i didnt pack the bag 6 hours before, we’re not going anywhere. thank goodness i don’t need to carry around a diaper bag anymore but now i’ve got to remember snacks, juice, water, and activities if we’re taking a bus or train. but the joy, is unmeasurable girl. simply priceless.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      You know, even prepacking stuff hours before, I still find myself scrambling to get something I inevitably forget!!

  • You’ve given me so much to look forward to, as we still have a few more months until #2 arrives.

    Fortunately my wife doesn’t mind (my) hairy legs.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Oh, lucky you, Jay!

  • June 11, 2012 Corinne O'Sullivan

    Oh, yes!! I can relate. I took my son swimming recently and was so focused on getting together the swim diapers, towels, arm bands, sunscreen, water, snack, floaty toy etc that I didn’t actually notice until I was wearing my bathing suit. In. Front. Of. Everyone. That I hadn’t shaved in weeks and I resembled a gorilla.

    I might have been embarrassed but my son was running to an open body to water and I needed to focus in him, like always. And he’s worth it. Every moment.

    Loved your list!
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Will you draw that? Please? You in a swimsuit unshaven? πŸ™‚

      • June 12, 2012 Corinne O'Sullivan

        Challenge accepted! I’ll try to incorporate it into my next blog post. πŸ™‚ Hehe
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  • June 11, 2012 June

    Erm, on the clothes bit, I was already at ‘After / After’ stage with #1. And going out — the kind where you get all dressed up and dolled up — is a completely foreign subject to me now. Can I hear someone saying, “This, too, shall pass?”
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      This too, shall pass πŸ™‚

  • June 11, 2012 Alexandra

    What do I miss about before?

    Only 2 things:

    1. my waist

    2. sleep.

    The rest? nah. I adore my life with children.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      You have a tiny waist, lady!!!

  • June 11, 2012 Hopes

    Ohhh man. “Before” is so very long ago! But I miss being a girl. Does that make sense? With 4 boys in the house, it’s hard to feel like a girl sometimes. Not very many date nights are to be had, not very many pretty clothes, not enough time to “get all dolled up”

    But what I get in return….yeah…it’s worth it. Most of the time! πŸ˜‰
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      I have a household of boys too, so yes, I get it!!

  • June 11, 2012 christine

    Oh how true it all is. πŸ™‚
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Especially the part about hairy legs, right?

  • June 11, 2012 jlweinberg/jen

    1. Sleep
    2. Pooping alone.

    Your boys are so handsome & you’re kicking ass. XO
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Ah bathroom time. I should have added the following:

      Before: Pooping and reading an entire magazine – oh yes.
      After: Pooping and reading a magazine. With child at feet.
      After/ After: Pooping is a sport. A race to the finish line!

  • Well, you managed to make me all blubbery with that Happiness breakdown. *sappy*

    What I miss about pre-kiddo? Actually having the luxury of being able to have to wait for food to cool down a bit to eat it. These days, I feel like I’ve “won” if I get to eat my entire meal while it’s still mostly warm.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Hah, you’re right about that!

  • June 11, 2012 Kimberly

    I miss my body. And being able to pee alone.
    But that last one you listed? So worth it.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Who knew peeing alone would be such valued time, eh?

  • June 11, 2012 Ellen

    Ha. I have a two and half month old, and that is my life exactly.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      And so it shall be for a while, I reckon πŸ™‚

  • June 11, 2012 Raquel

    I miss wearing high heels and cute little handbags. I miss thinking without being interrupted, I miss sleeping in on a sunday morning till 11, I miss my old body (pre-children) I miss being selfish and just having to think of myself….anyway, I could go on and on. The funny thing is; I wouldn’t change it for the world tho. The happiness part, and the love, make it all so worth it.
    (can’t actually remember the last time I shaved my legs…and my children are not babies..)
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Yes, all those things! But you’re right, wouldn’t change a thing.

  • June 11, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    I remember the old day before JDaniel. I think I watch shows that weren’t cartoons or documentaries on construction equipment.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Hah! Good point.

  • June 11, 2012 Galit Breen

    Oh I know, girlie. I just do. But I promise you’ll find your way back to clean clothes and full meals again. But that multiplied love? There for always now. #Win
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Yay for clean clothes and full meals in the NEAR FUTURE!!

  • June 11, 2012 Steph

    Love this! I can’t wait until they are older and I can take longer showers.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      I think I’m gonna take a leaf out of some of my friends’ books – put husband on child duty so I can indulge in a long shower!

  • June 11, 2012 thedoseofreality

    Everything about this is a YES. All of it.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      So does that mean you’re a member of the Hairy Legs Club too? πŸ™‚

  • June 11, 2012 Kelley

    Mine are 4 and 7 and I sometimes still ear standing up! I often make my dinner out of both of their leftovers.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      I consider it good exercise – eating and standing!

  • June 11, 2012 Jessica

    I would say that I miss the feeling that I know what I’m doing – because before I had children I certainly felt that way – but I can’t really say that because becoming a mother humbled me and changed me…And I like myself better now. I miss the girl I was before sometimes, but I like the mother I am now so much. Also; take heart, ye weary mommies of infants. My youngest is nearly seven and I eat complete meals sitting down with *actual* conversation (sometimes), get to choose my clothing ahead of time and even fix my hair.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Yes, that! Missing the feeling that you know what you’re doing. Most days, I feel like I’m just muddling my way through and hope that I don’t screw up my kids too much!

      So, another 7 years, I’ll be able to sit down for a meal from start to end? I’m holding ye to this.

  • June 11, 2012 Barbara

    This was funny. I put the husband on baby duty so I can still take my long showers. πŸ˜‰
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Clever girl!

  • June 11, 2012 Melinda

    I miss not having to cook or prepare a meal. As an adult if I wanted a bowl of cereal or cheese and crackers for dinner that was ok. Today I have to make sure the meals are at least balanced even if not cooked.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      Ah yes, worrying about the children’s nutrition. I am constantly stressed about that, actually – my toddler is a really picky eater, sigh.

  • June 11, 2012 AnnMarie

    I laughed and agreed with all of it and then LOVED how you ended it. So sweet. I miss the times when weekends were for relaxing. I miss not worrying so much. I miss perky boobs and a flat stomach. I miss having time to do my hair instead of throwing it up in a clip that I hope looks presentable since it hasn’t been washed in a week. Great post.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      AnnMarie, I think you need to go to the salon and treat yourself!

  • June 11, 2012 Marge

    lol

    I love this post… it is so true!

    What do I miss? Well, to be honest I miss TIME. My eldest daughter has only one year left of high school this year and I miss the moments that I may have taken for granted. I miss the seconds that I let slip by. I miss the years when I was everything she needed…

    But at least I have her for another year and two more for a few more;)

    Visiting from SITS, make it a great day!
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      That’s what I worry about – missing the small moments, which is why I need to remind myself that they grow up too quickly. To be present all the time, even if it means less time to shower πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting!

  • June 11, 2012 Katie E

    You still manage to shower? Impressive πŸ™‚

    Now that I have a toddler, several years after having the first two, I miss some of the time with my grown-up girls, without a baby, that I used to have. And me time. I miss that the most. I will get up at 4:00 in the morning (now that my baby actually sleeps past that point) just to have a little time completely by myself to do what I want. Until a kid wakes up.
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      I wake up super early too! TO SHOWER. πŸ™‚

  • June 11, 2012 Mirjam

    I am actually becoming my old self again. The time will come that you ship your kids off to school, preschool and do whatever you want for a few hours. So there is life after after. Even after, after, after, after. Are you still following this?
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      I think so. A little slow with the sleep deprivation but I think so. πŸ™‚

  • June 11, 2012 Elena

    All so very, very true! I finally feel like I’m at the stage w/ the boys where I can trust them in the house & take a long shower and leaving the house with them is grabbing a diaper & maybe a sippy cup for Coop. So very freeing!
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      My time will come, I know it!

  • June 12, 2012 Erin

    Oh you said it all so perfectly. Glad to know that my kids aren’t the only kids who have a blowout just as we are leaving! Becoming a parent is such a change!

    As for what I miss the most pre baby . . . being able to finish what I start in one sitting rather than multiple!
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      Both my kids have had blowouts as soon as we’re out the door. Worse, in the car!! Eeek.

  • June 12, 2012 Natalie

    Ha ha love this post…and it’s all true…and I’m sure the after and after will be hitting me soon!
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      Just lower your expectations, I find that works πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2012 erin margolin

    I love every little thing about this. It makes me happy. I’m not alone. And despite all the “stuff,” we still have the happy faces at the end of the day (or at the end of most days)…

    xo
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      If it wasn’t the happy (and I keep reminding myself of this, I have to), I might just go slightly off kilter. Just slightly. And no, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. xo

  • June 12, 2012 Lady Jennie

    This post is perfection.

    Have you ever seen that chain mail about kids 1, 2, and 3? It reminds me of this one – very funny.
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jennie! And no I haven’t seen that chain mail – maybe I need to track it down. πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2012 Katie

    I miss being alone.

    Does that sound weird? During the summer I had the entire day to myself. Now I am lucky to get 5 consecutive minutes to sit…but not alone. Sigh.
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      Oh I know! Even when I’m in the shower, I have to put the baby strapped in his chair in the bathroom with me!

  • June 12, 2012 Jessica

    lol. Oh, I love this! I think children change life. I definitely spend about twenty minutes less in the shower than I once did. My fashion isn’t as “polished” as it once was and my undereye circles are three times what they once were. But, on the flip side, and as you said, my life, my heart are so much fuller now. I love my changed life and wouldn’t change it for anything that I once had in my old life.
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      I forgot to mention the undereye circles!

  • June 12, 2012 Ado

    I know my life has change a lot since “before” but it’s just so much better – so much more meaning – that I can’t even compare the two. I don’t really miss anything (is that terrible?) I once heard a comedian say his favorite audiences are comprised of parents, because they really know how to enjoy a finite amount of time, and they know the importance of hard laughter. I think since I’ve become a parent even though the moments I used to have to myself are pretty much gone – all the ones I do have are imbued w. purpose and meaning now.
    Wow that was a long one. (-: Great post!
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Yes to what you said, because you said it best. I’m just wondering though – what did I do with all that time before?

  • June 12, 2012 Robin

    I miss a quiet house. Desperately.

    Also, I’ve decided I can’t do this again, so since you seem to have this down I will send you my new one when he arrives. Please post pictures.
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Hee!

      You will not want to let that precious boy out of your arms once he’s here. I promise.

  • June 12, 2012 Sue

    Too true, Alison. It’s all about embracing the New Normal, as I (ok, Dr. Phil) call(s) it. Goes with the territory.

    Signed,

    Yet to Shower
    xo

    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      I can smell you, you sexy thang. xo

  • June 12, 2012 MonkeyMomma

    What do I miss? Relaxing on the beach while lounging in a chair reading a book. With two I spend most of the time stopping them from eating sand, spraying on sunscreen every two seconds while trying to suck in my mommy belly and make sure all necessary parts are covered by my swimsuit.

    Great post!
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      The very word ‘lounging’ just doesn’t exist in our mommy vocabulary, does it?

  • June 12, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    My bikini area is so awful that when I do shave or wax Eric is actually surprised….
    My feet are always so ill looking that during a playdate last week a friend of mine had stop what we were doing and clip the nails, trim my toe hair, and paint the nails…
    I regularly smell my clothes to make sure they’re somewhat decent…

    Motherhood is grand…
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Toe hair!!!!! *Snort*

  • June 12, 2012 Audrey

    Oh I LOVE this! Although I am still getting used to childREN!
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      And a week later, you have time to read blogs, well done!

  • June 12, 2012 Leslie

    What do I miss most? The Husband and I never thought twice about taking a 2 hour drive to go tasting in the local wine country. Miss that so much! Don’t you sometimes wonder how you ever thought you were busy before having kids?
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      I do wonder! I don’t know what I did with all that time!

  • June 12, 2012 Jamie

    i think your mind refuses to let you really remember what it was like. You may miss it too much and get up and leave.

    Truly, your heart doesn’t remember and that’s all that really has a say in the end.

    Love reading about your new family A!
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Or remembering but not really caring πŸ™‚

  • June 12, 2012 My Inner Chick

    FABulous <3

    I love love love this post, Mama A.

    funny. inspiring. heartfilled.
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      I love the word, heartfilled. Thank you Kim.

  • June 12, 2012 julie gardner

    What I miss is that I never had a before. I got pregnant a month after my wedding so we never even had time to be married…

    Just the two of us pretty much began with a bun in the oven and all the glories of being “with child.”

    Having said that, I wouldn’t change a thing. And I’ll still be in my forties when my children are off at college.

    So my “before” will be my after/after/after…

    Which isn’t too shabby.
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Not too shabby at all. I mean, you had DATE NIGHT WITH FANCY COCKTAILS AND ALL!

  • June 12, 2012 Elaine

    Oh my gosh, I miss the sleeping. I have not slept the same since i had children over 8 years ago. And I hear I never will again. Oh well. πŸ˜‰
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Tis true. The sleep. I do miss the sleep.

  • June 12, 2012 Christine

    I would love your take on the Before, After, After After bladder control, lol!
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Hah! Let’s see:

      Before: Excellent. Can hold it in for a 6 hour road trip.
      After: Do. Not. Sneeze. Or cough.
      After/ After: Do not breathe. Don’t even try.

      Is that close? πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2012 Kristin

    I miss free time that was actually FREE time – as in, time to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, for however long I wanted. And when I think about how much I often squandered that free time when I had it, or complained that I didn’t have ENOUGH free time, well… I kind of want to smack myself.

    I wouldn’t trade it for the world now. But I do miss it.
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Same here, Kristin, same here.

  • June 13, 2012 Jessica

    What’s sleep?
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      I wish I knew. Sigh.

  • June 13, 2012 Heather C

    Running to the store. Just for a second… but it takes 30 minutes and planning. πŸ˜‰ And sleeping in, I’m sure that goes without saying.
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Oh sleeping in. I haven’t woken up when the sun is already shining in ages!

  • June 13, 2012 Stasha

    I thought hairy legs are back in fashion? That is what I have been telling my husband for years…
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Well, we’re all sporting hairy legs so it must be trendy!

  • June 13, 2012 Janice

    This has got to be the funniest and most true post I’ve ever read! I just wanted to keep screamin “Amen, sister” to all those things! *wipetear
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    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Haha! Glad you like it Janice.

  • June 13, 2012 Tina

    What’s a meal? I usually end up standing up or eating scraps…that’s one way to diet πŸ™‚

    • June 13, 2012 Alison

      Hah yes! Indeed.

  • June 14, 2012 charlotte

    LoveLoveLove. All that stuff about before? Completely overrated. I mean, just look at those beautiful kids of yours!
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    • June 14, 2012 Alison

      True! Well, except for the sleeping part πŸ™‚

  • June 14, 2012 Susi

    Now triple that and you’ve got me!!! πŸ˜‰ Actually, all three of mine are getting more and more independent so I do get some of these things back!!!
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    • June 14, 2012 Alison

      Good to know you get some of it back!

  • June 14, 2012 Asianmommy

    Nicely stated. The first time I left the house without a stroller & a diaper bag, I felt like doing cartwheels!
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    • June 15, 2012 Alison

      I’ve done that before – before I had #2 and #1 was with his grandparent. So I get nuggets. Better than nothing, yes?

  • June 15, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Oh my, Alison…this is so true, and so funny, and I will NOT ask about your legs πŸ˜‰
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    • June 15, 2012 Alison

      You really don’t want to know anyway πŸ™‚

  • June 15, 2012 Leighann

    On. You made me come back around at the end. I’ll admit I was reconsidering a second after I started reading lol
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    • June 15, 2012 Alison

      Hah! Do it, it’s worth it. Totally. (shaven legs are overrated anyway)

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