So first the given, I love my kids, my life is better with them, I wouldn’t change it for the world and blah blah blah. All very true. BUT… There are a few things from my life before children that I miss because they were, well, easier.
1 Going to the bathroom alone
They don’t warn you about this one enough you know. You will NEVER pee alone again. And not only do you have a little person watching your every move, but they ask you lots of questions like “Why don’t you stand up like Daddy?” or “Did your willy fall of Mummy?”
2 Being ill
Okay I don’t miss being ill. But when I am ill I miss being able to be ill properly and do it justice. You know taking your duvet to the sofa and doing nothing all day but watch trash telly and wallow a little. No time to wallow now. If I did attempt to bring my duvet to the sofa there would be little monkeys jumping all over it. There’s no time for Mummy to be ill. There’s still mouths to feed, stories to read, bums to be changed and school runs to be done.
3 Listening to my music in the car
I don’t have a flash car, in fact the only pre-requisite I have for a car nowadays is “How big is the boot?”. I don’t care about the shape or the colour but I need to be able to fit a stupid amount of crap in the boot. But I miss being able to listen to my choice of music in the car and not something sung by chipmunks. On rare outings alone in the car with my iPod plugged in and the volume up, I actually seek traffic jams. I’m that loon in the car singing her heart out and drumming the steering wheel. I’m not crazy, just alone!
4 Getting ready to go out
I still get ready to go out of course. I don’t leave my house in my pj’s still sporting bed head. But in my life before children I didn’t have to get two kids ready to leave, and remember to take enough nappies / toys / bottles / snacks etc with us. I only had to worry about me, so I could spend two hours doing my hair and make-up and it was fine. Now I often find myself staring longingly at my GHD’s thinking ‘one day I will have sleek beautiful hair again’.
Remember the days when you could spend a whole Saturday wondering around the shops. Trying on clothes and having the money to buy them. You didn’t even need an occasion or an event as an excuse. You could just by them because, well just because. You didn’t need a reason. But shops and children do not mix. Especially clothes shops. Children get bored easily so to amuse themselves they play hide in seek in among the clothes rails. You end up having a heart attack when they actually disappear into an array of chiffon and you can’t find them. Not to mention the disapproving looks from shop staff. And the changing rooms are a no go, unless you are prepared for more personal questions such as “Can I touch your boobies?” in a very public forum.
6 Lay in’s
7 Room in my cupboards
I had some cupboards that were next to empty before I had children. Now I seem to spend every weekend sorting out a cupboard or a drawer that is close to collapsing with the strain of it’s contents. And the more I sort out, the more of my things that get turfed out in order to make room for the kids stuff. If I’m not sorting out a cupboard I’m making a trip to Ikea to buy a new one because we never seem to have enough storage in our lives.
I love the noise of my children playing and laughing. But life is loud. And sometimes I just want a bit of peace and quiet. Because if there is silence now, it normally means someone is doing something they shouldn’t and I’m going to have a big mess to clear up. I miss the kind of silence that didn’t make me nervous.
I love handbags. Buying a new one is one of my favourite things to do. I covet an Orla Kiely leather bag. So much so that when I drool over them in John Lewis I can feel my heart rate rising. (In no way do I make special trips to John Lewis just to stare at Orla Kiely bags. That would be very sad. I would never do that.) These days I have a change bag and It’s not the same. It’s big and practical and boring. Even when I do get the chance to go out with a bag that’s more stylish and goes with what I’m wearing, it’s filled with raisins and wet wipes and I have no room for my stuff.
10 Wearing white
A colour not seen in my wardrobe since late 2009.
Of course I also miss my pre pregnancy body, driking hot tea, being able to walk in heels, and the ability to be able to drink anyone under the table, a skill that I spent years practising. However those things I believe are well and truly in the past and never coming back to me.
But despite the things I miss, I get the best cuddles and kisses and I wouldn’t change things for the world. Except an Orla Kiely bag. I could swap one of my children for an Orla Kiely bag! 😉
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