Before I had kids…

Before I had kids…

…I don’t remember anything. OK. I’m exaggerating, but only slightly.  I remember a few things about life before kids – I remember…

~ Oh what’s that thing called – where you get to close your eyes and lay in your bed all night without waking up to a crying child or a toddler in your bed? – Right. SLEEP. I vaguely remember sleep.

~ Being able to do something, any task without being interrupted about 87 times…again vaguely.

~ Not having to pack a diaper bag or make sure I have all the kids stuff in my purse…even more vaguely.

~ Eating a whole meal without sharing half of it with my toddler…this is VERY vague – I don’t think I’ve eaten a whole meal by myself in a VERY long time.

~ Being able to go to the bathroom without a) my toddler/baby in the room b) my toddler/baby screaming outside the bathroom door or c) rushing like a crazy person so that I can make sure the kids aren’t about to hurt themselves or each other. This memory is hanging by a thread.

The good side…

~ I remember being a lot more selfish. Having kids will beat the ‘selfish’ right out of you (almost – no one’s perfect, except my Mom 😉 ). Having kids forces you not to think about yourself very much at all – because there’s no time to! It’s a demanding job but it’s a rewarding one and I believe becoming ‘Mommy’ has made me a better person in general. Being a mom is truly the most amazingly demanding and exhilarating job in the world.

Before I had kids…

~ I remember my heart being more… empty. I never knew my heart could be this full. Even with all the lack of sleep, personal space, and silence – my heart is FULL – bursting with a love I didn’t know could be this strong. And that makes it MORE than worth it when I have to deal with a tantrum, or a little person watching me pee, or getting pooped on. 🙂

 

Do you remember life before your children?  Do you really miss it? Let’s be honest – we wouldn’t trade it for anything! Sure we miss some of the luxuries of life before kids, but we also know that they grow up in a blink of an eye, and if we spend too much time complaining it’ll be over – they’ll be all grown up and we’ll be missing the days when they were more dependant on us as parents. So while everyone needs a good vent once in a while, don’t spend too much time there; enjoy these moments when they’re small and things are crazy because you’ll blink and they’ll be gone.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meg
    Oct 30, 2014 @ 21:09:33

    Spot on! Love it 🙂

    Reply

  2. jadekenya
    Oct 31, 2014 @ 09:11:28

    Thanks, glad you enjoyed the read 🙂

    Reply

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