There are things I use to do before I had my daughter that I didn’t think twice about. It’s mind-boggling how free I was before I became a parent. There was a time when I could shower when I wanted, for how long I wanted—nothing stood in my way. Now I feel lucky if I get a chance to shower. And if that shower is five minutes with no interruptions, it’s like I hit the jackpot.
So I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and think about all the little things I took for granted before my beautiful 9-month-old, Aria, arrived. It’s pretty funny thinking about how many times I freak out during the day about things that normally never bothered me.
Dropping the Remote (or anything) on the Floor
Nothing makes my eyes widen like the THUD of a remote control or video game controller falling to the floor at breakneck speed. I shiver just thinking about it. All it takes is one good drop for Aria to wake up from her nap.
Taking my Sweet Time
Who has time anymore? Not this woman! When Aria naps I am trying to beat the clock to shower, brush my teeth, eat, comb my hair, etc. I can look presentable in record time now that I’m a mom. Before I would plan an hour ahead to get ready just to go to the grocery store.
Watching TV/Movie at a Normal Volume without the Captions
I never used television captions before Aria was born. Now it’s pretty much a necessity because Aria is usually playing with a loud toy, or making noise to the point where we can’t hear the TV.
Eating/Cooking with Both Hands
I can eat with one hand while breastfeeding at the same time now. Before I couldn’t fathom doing those things at once, but hey I have to eat. I don’t do it anymore, but I can also cook a full meal baby in tow. I didn’t realize how many things I could do with only one hand until I became a mom.
Walking Around the House Normally
These days I’m usually sneaking around the house like a ninja. If I sneak maybe, just maybe, Aria won’t notice I left her in her playpen alone to get a snack or simply use the bathroom alone.
Picking Up Things with my Hands
It’s embarrassing to admit how many times I use my feet to pick up knickknacks around the house, or just to kick things out the way. I guess my feet were made for more than just walking.
It use to be so easy for me to lay down and take a nap. It was a ritual every Sunday for me to take a nap in the afternoon. Now it takes me forever to settle my mind to rest. I try to get rest when Aria is sleeping but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way.
Well, that’s my new normal! You’ll be surprised at what you adjust to when you have no other choice. What did you take for granted before becoming a parent?
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