When “they” tell you motherhood changes everything, they are not kidding. Obviously, moms experience big changes such as being fully responsible for the life and well-being of another human, and of course the changes in size, shape or just … function of your body, especially if you’re breastfeeding.
But I’ve also experienced countless small motherhood changes in my life, including things that were seemingly mundane and ordinary before I had kids. Now that I have three kids though, I consider these five activities luxuries:
Sleeping past 7:30am. Oh, sleep, how I miss thee. It doesn’t matter what time they go to bed, 7:30 is typically the latest they will sleep, but they’re often up before 7:00am. And yes, we’ve asked them to let us sleep in sometimes on weekends, but without fail, someone will get in an argument or need something, and we’ll be up before 7:30am.
Long, uninterrupted showers. Because my children are getting older, long showers or hot baths are becoming more regular again, but these occurrences are nowhere near as frequent as they were before kids … particularly the uninterrupted part.
Solo trips to the grocery store. How I long for the days of aimlessly meandering the aisles without telling someone “No, we are NOT getting that,” 343287 times. I now have to get in and out as fast as possible. To help me cope, I try to pretend I’m training for Supermarket Sweep.
Shopping for myself. The irony of growing up and getting to a place where you can buy yourself “whatever you want” (within reason, of course), but not having the time or energy to go shop for yourself. The kids are constantly growing out of things, so most of my time spent shopping is for them. Don’t get me wrong, I have clothes and buy things, but it is usually a shirt here and there. I can’t tell you the last time I went shopping just for me.
Date Night. Before kids, I remember the entire concept of “date night” being foreign to me. Couldn’t any night be date night? Why did you have to designate a special date or time for a date??? If my husband and I wanted to go out, we did. What was going on with others that they couldn’t just have a date? HAHAHAHAHA. Little did I know. Now, date night has to be planned, sitters have to be available and budgeted for – which means our dates have to be more affordable. We may or may not have killed two birds with one stone and gone shopping at Costco as a date once or twice. Talk about a luxury!!
Can you relate? Did I miss any other ways motherhood changes your view on luxuries?