Having kids is one of the best things, if not the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life. I always wanted to have kids, but you don’t realize how much your world will change once you have them.
My life has changed in so many ways since having kids and the biggest thing is probably that things are no longer about me. I have two little ones that I need to think about and make sure they are taken care of. I always put them first and that’s the way it should be.
The second thing that has changed is that my emotions run so high all the time now. If my kids are hurting, I hurt. If I even think that my kids might get hurt I’ll get a knot in my stomach or get upset. I am overly cautious and I even find myself being more careful because I want them to always be able to have me in their lives. You don’t realize how much you can love a child until you have one. You always hear about how strong a parents love for their child is, but until you are there you just can’t know how deep it is.
The third way is that I get to be a kid again. I love living the world through my children’s eyes. Now I have excuses to go to the zoo, go skating, watch Disney movies and so on. I love the holidays and all the things that I now get to do that I couldn’t do before I had kids.
The fourth way is that I used to be more carefree and didn’t do a lot of planning. Now, that doesn’t happen. I have to plan. If we are going to the park then I need to pack drinks and snacks. If we are going to go somewhere the kids might get wet then we need a change of clothes and a towel. It’s little things like that that never made a difference to me before.
The fifth way it has changed me is very important in my book. I’ve learned to let go of the little things more and enjoy the small things in life. I find myself acting silly and doing things that I never thought I’d be doing again. I play at the park and play dress up or Barbies with my daughter. We lie on the bed and talk and just laugh at silly little things.
My list could go on and on as far as how my life has changed since having children. I could say that you get far less sleep, that you become involved in school activities you otherwise wouldn’t, that you are constantly picking up after other, etc. I wouldn’t trade any of it though. Being a mom is the best thing in the world!