Nothing compares to being a parent. It’s the most tiring yet satisfying thing in the entire world. But, let’s face it, it’s pretty time consuming.
I mean, kids, they literally want you ALL THE TIME. “I’m hungry.” “Make me a snack.” “I’m cold. Put a blanket over top of me.” “I’m hot. Create a fan out of paper and stand in front of me, fanning me until I say stop….”
A while ago we asked our wonderful Facebook community, “What are some of the things you miss about life before kids?”
And here are our top answers. Anything we missed?
Sleeping when you want, sleeping the entire night, sleeping in, sleeping during the day, sleeping in the car – sleep in general. Remember those days when, if you were tired at 3pm on a Saturday, you could just have a rest? They existed… I am sure of it. Or did I just dream this?
2. Disposable Income
Some people still have the luxury of having money to spend whenever they want but for me, spending money on things like shoes, $14 cocktails and taxis went out the door the moment that second line popped up. With kids, any extra money usually goes to them or saving for them in the future, which is great in it’s own way. But…my feet are pretty sad about the lack of new shoes these days.
3. Resting When I’m Sick
You’ve transformed into the snot monster. And while all you want to do is lie in bed and sleep, you can’t, because mummy’s don’t get sick days.
4. My Pre-Baby Body
Even if you do manage to slip back into those pre-baby jeans one day, some bits and pieces are just not the same. Stretch marks, saggy breasts and excess tummy skin are some of the pregnancy mementos that tend to stick around. But, hey, think of them as battle wounds to be proud of!
5. Impromptu Plans
What should we do this weekend? Oh, I know, let’s drive five hours to a music concert without any idea of where we will stay, what we will eat and what we will do. Yep, sounds good. Said no mum ever. Because parents know that without a plan in place (with three backups plans ready to go), the stress of planning something, from an overseas holiday to a dinner out of the house, is just too much. So goodbye last minute plans – hello schedule!