I think (hope) I make it totally clear that I love being a mom. The little things delight me, the big things thrill me. Sure, things annoy me (everyday), but I really love my kids. However, there are a few things I miss about being childless. Would I trade my children for these things? Uh, depends on the day. I kid, I kid.
So, not that anyone asked – but here is the list of things I miss most about life before kids – please feel free to add your own items in the comments section (unless you are my parents, then I know that you miss NOTHING about your life before children, right? RIGHT!? Again, I kid):
- Normalcy – Until recently, I have never had anyone INSIST on eating dinner in the nude.
- Privacy – Restroom visits, showers and clothing changes were activities I used to do without a live audience.
- Sick days from work – Just last week, I was SICK. Regardless of how the parents feel that day, kids still need you to eat, take potty breaks, play. I used to be so flippant about days off from work: “Oh, I am so tired from all that uninterrupted sleep I got last night, I should call in today. Yeah, I need a day.”
- Sleep – until May 2008, no one regularly woke me up at 3 a.m.
- My body – Ah, dear 22 year old Sarah, you were so skinny. And toned. I miss you.
- Occasional public humiliation – Whether it be dropping pants in an attempt to pee on a quaint yet busy street or a tantrum in the middle of Target, it happens.
- I miss grown up tv shows – Before kiddos, I would spend (ok, WASTE) entire rainy Sundays on Tori Spelling Lifetime movies, and it was awesome.
OK, fine – that is it, the whole list (I think). Back to the babies!