Ah, life before kids. It was carefree and much less
stressful and oh-so-easy. And I just
had no idea how good I had it. So today I thought I'd share a few things that I
totally took for granted before having kids. And, oh, if I could only go back
for a day and really live it up, I so would.
1. Personal Space. There is no such thing once you have
children. They are all up in your grill, at all times, and there is no stopping
it. You just kind of learn that personal space exists no more.
2. Sleep. Those crazy late nights followed by days of
sleeping in are history. Now, you are at the whim of the baby. If Baby is
hungry, you must wake up and feed her. If Baby had a nightmare, you go in and
soothe her. Your sleep takes the back burner to the varying moods of your baby.
And this is why coffee is your new best friend.
3. Hygiene. Simply taking a shower each night now seems like
the greatest accomplishment you could achieve—and also one that you don't
always get to . Because some days, ain't nobody got time for that. It's okay,
this is why dry shampoo and perfume were invented, right?
4. Peeing in peace. Now, if you even try to close the
bathroom door to pee in privacy, all hell breaks loose and the wails come at
you full force. Yeah, just accept it. You now have an audience any time you
need to use the little girl's room.
5. "Me Time." Ha! What's that?
Now, if you even try to close the bathroom door to pee in privacy, all hell breaks loose and the wails come at you full force.
6. Bank account. We all know it to be true: kids are
expensive. This means more money spent on formula and diapers and less money to
go towards those cute shoes you had your eye on.
7. Clean clothes. Snot, food, spit up, fecal matter—you are
bound to find it all on your clothes at one point or another in parenthood. It's
really glamorous, guys.
8. A tidy house. There really is no way to explain to a baby
that their toys cannot be all over the house. And it seems the moment you have
everything put away, the mini tornado strikes again.
But for all of the things you have to give up, you gain so much
more. Sure, parenthood means less sleep, less hygiene and less time for
yourself, but it also means more joy, more precious moments and more of what
truly matters in life.