Things I took for granted before I became a mom

Happy Thursday!

I’m guest posting over at My Thirty Spot today, so make sure that you head on over there.  My post is all about how I manage to keep my health in check now that I’m a mommy.

And I’m rolling with the mom theme here today as well.  I hope you enjoy it!


Things I took for granted before I became a mom


1. Showering

When I was a child, taking a bath or shower seemed like the greatest torture in the world.  When I was a teenager, showering became absolutely essential, as no one wants to be the smelly kid in school. When I was a working girl, showering was the best way to relieve some stress at the end of a long day.   Now that I am a mother, showering is a luxury.  Some days it doesn’t happen at all, but most days it is just rushed and spent listening out for a crying baby.  I probably even forget to rinse the shampoo out of my hair 75% of the time.


2.  Going to the restroom.

I hope this isn’t too much information, but my child simply does not like when I have to go to the bathroom.  He looks at me as if he’s thinking, “Hey, mom.  Have you ever heard of a little invention called a diaper?”  I hear that the situation is only going to get worse when he becomes a toddler.


3.  Using two arms and hands to do…anything.

Whether I am cooking, vacuuming, or carrying in groceries, I am usually holding Michael in one arm.  There are times when I am amazed at what I can accomplish with one free arm.  I can seriously lift an ExerSaucer with one hand as though it’s nothing at all.   At least I have toned biceps to show for it!




4.  Carrying a purse.

I’ve officially swapped my purse for a diaper bag.  Sometimes I just stand in my closet admiring all of the pretty purses that I am no longer using.  By the time that I do get around to using them again, they’ll probably be considered vintage.


5. Eating.

Michael is such a good boy.  I mean, he is ridiculously laid back and well-behaved.  However, he always chooses to get fussy or cry right as I am about to put a forkful of food into my mouth.  For some reason, he doesn’t care when I drink something which is kind of cruel considering how he won’t ever let me pee.




6.  Going anywhere quickly.

Back in the day, I could bolt out of the house with my purse, cell phone, and keys, and I’d be all set.  Nowadays, I have a long checklist of baby essentials to run through before I can leave the house…and I inevitably forget something every time and have to turn back around.


7. Wearing jewelry.

I have so many beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, but they are like little baby magnets.  Michael’s face especially lights up whenever I wear chunky jewelry, and he immediately grabs for it and tugs- which really hurts when I am wearing earrings!


8. Sleeping.

I can’t believe that I used to wake up early on purpose- even on the weekends.   What on earth was I thinking?


But you want to know something else?

Even though I might be dirty, slightly uncomfortable at times, in need of an extra arm, unfashionable, hungry, scatterbrained, un-accessorized, and tired, it is all completely worth it…and then some.


Did you take anything for granted before you became a parent?

Have a great day!


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  1. Oh geez louise. I can’t wait for when I one day become a mom and get that first rude awakening of my hoop earring being yanked from my ear 😉

  2. Hahhahah…looooooved this post!! I WISH I had a ton of purses and jewelry (I seriously need a lesson on how to be a fashionable girl haha), so maybe it’s a good thing I’m not right now, but this is the time to slowly work on those collection – cue the moans from Tyler haha.

    I swear I eat food at rocket speed now just incase Nia starts to cry. Sometimes I don’t even think I chew! haha

    Maybe that’s the next invention – mom diapers, which the caption “so you don’t EVER have to leave your child” hahah

    And oh boy, do I miss the going anywhere quickly thing. I am a “do it now” type person but you can’t exactly do that when someone pees right when you’re about to strap them into the carsear, etc, etc…gah, love this post!!

  3. I agree with you 100%! My little guy is almost 5 weeks old and it’s amazing how things have changed in that time. Thanks for posting!

  4. Oh my gosh, I can definitely relate to all of these things! The jewellery one reminds me I want to order another necklace from They’re made sturdy and non-toxic so babies can tug and gnaw on them.
    Now I’m just trying to figure out when I’m going to be able to take a shower today. Hmmmm….

  5. What a cute post!
    The photos are absolute treasures!

  6. Such a cute post and I adore the photos! Just precious.

  7. Smiled through this post because all your points are so true. I still remember that first shower after having my little girl. It was luxurious indeed, and didn’t get followed by too many back to back showering days either 🙂

  8. These pictures are so cute!

  9. Lawd. The other day Frat Boy The Elder, who is six, asked to see my “girl penis.” This was after he said, “AWWWWW, poor Mommy,” when I informed him that I do not have a penis because I’m a girl. It gets better. And harder. In very different ways. 🙂 xoxox

  10. I took all those things for granted, but know that one day I will accessorize again, eat properly again and be able to take long, relaxing showers again. Lol. 🙂

  11. Visiting from the SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Posts – thanks for linking up with us! All of this is so true! Finally I get to pee by myself again…and I can wear earrings again (although now that I can, I never do). I’ve become very low maintenance. I guess that would be a change as a result of motherhood! I can get ready in 20 min now, including a shower!


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