Other than being worried all the time, hooking up a chocolate/coffee IV, and making silly faces-on purpose now, here are five ways becoming a parent changed my life.
Bye-Bye Favorite Jeans
Sniffle, sniffle… Even after (finally) losing all the baby weight, my jeans didn’t fit the same.
The problem with this is, while I’m not a super-trendy, cutting-edge of fashion kinda gal, I have a weakness for pricey jeans. My 7’s (for all Mankind) looked like 2’s, Rich & Skinny’s fulfilled their richness claim-in my posterior-but lacked the “skinny”, and my Joe’s made my butt look anything other than average (not in a good way).
History 101: Sleeping In
I just read about this really neat thing in a history book… It’s called “sleeping in”. It’s when people just stay in bed, dreaming, for more hours than necessary. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
Now sleeping late is 6:30 am, 7:00 am if I’m lucky. Oh, and I was a gal who loved her sleep!
Taste in Music
I find myself humming the theme song to “Caillou”. I’m doing it right now.
Wait, What Was I Saying?
A little ditzy and forgetful with sleepless nights and extra responsibility… But the biggest thing I forgot: who I was. This doesn’t have to be a “bad” thing, but it’s definitely a thing. And no one tells you about how life-changing becoming a parent will be.
If I ranked my priorities (ie: in no particular order-job satisfaction, family, friends, financial stability, entertainment, food, shelter, travel, self-fulfillment) in a specific order prior to being a parent, once I became a mother I needed to reorganize my priorities. I also had to factor in new ones I hadn’t considered.
Everything is a Little Brighter
I don’t care how cheesy it sounds. All of the above compare not a smidge to the vivid colors I now see.
Before becoming a parent, I was an amazing mom, probably the best mom ever! Now I aim to just not mess my kid up, even while doing my best. It’s easy to think decorating a nursery, reading a few books, and lugging around some extra pounds are preparation for parenthood. The truth? There is no preparation for the life changes that occur when you become a parent. So don a pair of Nike’s and just do it-the best you can. It will be good enough.