Remember the good ol’ days of ducking to the shops and eating dinner at 9PM?
I do. And often, I kick myself for so many of the things I took for granted before becoming a mother.
1. Ducking to the shops. Remember, needing some ingredients for a recipe so you’d just pick up your purse and head down the shops? These days- I’d sooner plant and grow the ingredients myself than go through the hassle of getting a young one out the door, through the shop tantrum free, and back home whilst remaining motivated to actually cook the darn meal.
2. Sitting through a meal. Remember that feeling of sitting down at the table to a meal and being able to eat the whole thing, at your own pace? Heaven! Today, it took me so long to get through an ‘ice coffee’ at a cafe today, courtesy of several Lego issues, that it was actually warm by the end and I’m reasonably confident the milk had turned!
3. Trips to the bathroom/ showers. I once enjoyed my privacy. These days, nothing is sacred. Honestly, I can’t even remember the last time I bothered to close the bathroom door, the sound of the bathroom door clipping shut is a sure way to draw the little ones attention!
4. Excercise. I hate excuses for not being able to excercise, but raising a child sure is a good one. And I remember back when fitting exercise in around work and a social life was tough…
5. Sleep. Man, did I seriously take this one for granted. I have always loved my sleep, but never have I truly appreciated the meaning of sleep deprivation until I became a mother. If I could go back and do one thing, it would honestly be sleep more!
Now, I’m quite sure that in 12 months time I’ll revise this list and think, gosh did I have it easy. So, any tips for what I might be taking for granted now so that I can appreciate them before I have my second child?