Becoming A Mom Is The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened
When I got pregnant and knew I was becoming a mom, my world changed forever. I knew I had to make a few lifestyle and mindset changes, and of course, the physical changes were heading my way.
Excitement washed over me. Suddenly there was so much to think about, to prepare, to do.
I accepted the fact that emotional changes were going to be hard, but necessary. I often wondered to myself when I saw moms with their little ones about how their lives had changed or were different pre-baby.
My diet had to change first. Yes, give up my delicious strawberry daiquiris and margaritas, ditch the sushi and bury my cravings for coffee.
There were however, little things I never knew I would miss simply because I wasn’t forewarned that I might never do them again.
Looking back, I honestly don’t mind, nor can I complain. I was handed the most beautiful, happy and healthy baby I could have ever wished for.
Below I have compiled a list of five things I no longer do since becoming a mom. Can you relate?
1. Wear Heels
I used to wear heels almost everyday. To work, out for drinks with friends, date night with the hubby….
Never outrageously high ones, but still they were heels. Two-inch, three-inch, pumps, kitten heels, ankle straps, spools and mules. You name it, I wore it.
They made me feel taller, cuter, maybe even s-e-x-y? Lol – well that ship has sailed.
Since becoming a mom I only wear flat shoes. Ballerinas are my favourite.
Who needs heels when you need to schlepp a diaper bag, car seat, stroller and shopping bags? – oh and don’t forget the baby.
2. Twenty Minute Hot Showers
Ahhhhh….. a thing of the past. Since becoming a mom, lengthy showers and baths are a distant memory.
Standing under a hot shower for twenty minutes, music blaring in the background while I scream out the lyrics to the song playing at the top of my lungs. no longer happen. As a said – memories. 🙂
I am lucky if I am able to shower before noon these days. Becoming a mom for the first time will have you busier than ever before.
Don’t get it twisted, I DO SHOWER and becoming a mum hasn’t made me a stinky fart, I just have a more military style shower strategy.
In and out in at most 10 minutes.
3. Do Things “Just Because”
Such as? Going out for a drive, shopping with friends, hanging out, or just chilling at home.
I no longer do things for the sake of doing them. No. Every movement is carefully planned and structured.
I have a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C – you get the picture.
Time, routes, schedules, everything. Murphy’s Law will always rear its ugly head, but I am equipped with a plan for that too.
I am an organizer extraordinaire. I plan, yet stay flexible. Expect the unexpected.
4. Finish A Meal In One Sitting
Now this is nearly impossible.
Becoming a mom means mastering the skill of doing things with one hand while multitasking.
Carrying your little one while eating, picking up the toy he dropped on the floor for the upteenth time.
Leaving your fork and knife on the counter. Wait – on second thought taking the knife back because darling baby now reaches for everything.
Time to eat – nope, just kidding, need to do a diaper change. Oh boy, it’s a stinker so you now have to wash him instead.
Back to eating? Nope!
Oh oh his pouted lips start to quiver. Tears welling up in his eyes….. he needs a bottle and a nap.
Shouldn’t I have seen this coming? Its. About. To. Go. Down.
As moms, or parents in general, we absolutely cannot stand to see our kids cry. No matter what the reason is. So it really doesn’t matter what you are doing in the moment, you drop everything, and tend to your child.
Oh well – Who cares about food anyway? It’s so overrated. Besides it’s gone cold.
5. Controlling Situations
You cannot control every situation, so when things do not go as planned, I choose to remain happy.
This has been hard to transition into and it is still a learning process and part of becoming a mom I guess.
Babies demand happiness. Happiness is a choice and a habit so as a parent you should ensure your happiness is priority.
They will let you know the moment anything makes them unhappy. Babies want to be comfortable, happy, feel at ease. So who am I not to do the same? I speak positive affirmations to myself daily.
My self talk has gone from negative to positive and I feel less overwhelmed. There are so many things you will learn about yourself after becoming a mom that will change you and help you grow.
You will become aware of lots of great and amazing ways becoming a parent has changed you.
There You Have It – The 5 Things I No Longer Do Since Becoming A Mom
As moms, we have to give up a bunch of things. Great or small, important or minimal. I do it all willingly.
The things I no longer do since becoming a mom may sound trivial, and quite frankly they are in the grand scheme of things.
A baby fills a place in your heart you never knew was empty!
I wouldn’t mind never doing any of these things again. My little one is worth giving up these little things for and so much more. He entered my life and forever changed it for the better.
Are there things you no longer do since becoming a mom?
Do you see changes in yourself that make you proud and happy?
Share them with me in the comments section below. I would love to hear a bit of your story.
Update: About seven months after writing this post, I wrote a follow up post titled 5 Amazing Ways Becoming A Parent Will Change You. I think you will enjoy it and see the changes that have happened in my life.
I also wrote a light and funny one titled 5 Interesting Types Of Dads You See At Daycare.