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I've been a mother for a solid decade. This means that I've been a mom for so long, that I sometimes forget what my life used to be like before kids. There are moments when I miss how simple my life used to be and all the little things I took for granted.
As much as I'd like to believe that motherhood didn't change me, it has. I think it changes most women. Maybe not in the most obvious ways, but in the little, day-to-day, things. The person I was before kids is a little different from the person I am now. And when I think about the woman I was before kids, I have to chuckle.
I didn't feel the need to go to to the bathroom for "alone" time. Before kids I could be alone anytime I wanted. "Me" time wasn't a luxury, and I certainly didn't need to sit in the bathroom to get a few moments of quiet.
I could get up and go out in less than 20 minutes. Before kids I could just run out quickly. I could run out to the gym, out to the store, out to grab the mail. I could throw on whatever and go — and still manage to look good. I didn't have to be responsible for anyone else.
I could buy cookies without having any pressure to share. If I bought cookies, I knew that I'd be able to eat them. I knew that if left them on the counter, they'd be there when I wanted them. As a mom, I have to hide cookies. I'm not ashamed to admit that I don't always want to share.
I ate warm food. I ate when I was hungry rather than after serving other people first, or making two different meals. And certainly not standing at the kitchen counter while shoveling food in my mouth.