Remember the days before children?
Heck, remember the days before child became childREN?
Here’s what I remember before children, after one child AND after the second one is born.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?