Thursday, June 17, 2010

Life Before Baby

Some people will tell you that they don't remember what life was like before they had a baby, I'm not one of those people. I remember exactly what my life was like before I had Isabella and if I could go back in time I'd smack myself for taking it for granted.

I remember what it was like to wake up on a Saturday morning and ease into my day...no cryng/fussing/babbling baby waking me up at the ass crack of dawn. The whole day was splayed before me. Maybe I would clean, maybe I would go and lounge by the pool, maybe I'd call up my girlfriends and see if they wanted to get together for dinner, maybe I would spend the day in my pj's luxuriously drinking coffee and watching The Real Housewives of the OC marathon. I could do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.

I remember what it was like to pick out an outfit for myself and have it fit perfectly. No flabby skin, no worries about it getting spit up on, no worries about money to buy a new one if I didn't like it.

I remember what it was like to get a phone call from one of my friends on a Friday night asking me if I wanted to go out for drinks on Saturday and I would say sure. I didn't need 3 days notice. Sometimes I would come home from work tired and lazy and Andy would say, "Hey you wanna just go out to eat, maybe go see a movie?" I remember when dinner and a movie was no big deal, now it's like a giant date night.

I remember what it was like to leave the house in under five minutes. Just grab my purse and go, there was no carefully calculating the best exit strategy based on naps. There was no giant diaper bags to lug around, no provisions that needed to be planned for hours in advance.

I would never want to go back to a world where Isabella doesn't exist because she's my world now, but I'd be lying to your face if I told you that I didn't miss it sometimes.

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20 comments:

Shell said...

I totally agree! I love my boys, but I can't say that I never miss that freedom that existed before kids.

Dani G said...

Smacking myself now for taking it for granted!!

Babes Mami said...

I'm another one who remembers EXACTLY what it was like before!!

Desi said...

I also remember. I've become a much more productive person in the mornings, thats for sure!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

I totally miss the carefree-its-all-about-me lifestyle from time to time and I even miss how much easier it was when it was just my son before my girls were born sometimes, too. But like you said, I wouldn't go back for all all the money in the world...just wish I hadn't taken it for granted as well. I think every stage of our life has those parts to it though...like back in high school before the real-world when you took living under your parents roof & not having bills to pay and what not....totally took that stage for granted and miss it as well sometimes, too! I'm sure there are a ton of things we'll miss about this stage of our lives 5 or 10 years from now.

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

I totally miss the carefree-its-all-about-me lifestyle from time to time and I even miss how much easier it was when it was just my son before my girls were born sometimes, too. But like you said, I wouldn't go back for all all the money in the world...just wish I hadn't taken it for granted as well. I think every stage of our life has those parts to it though...like back in high school before the real-world when you took living under your parents roof & not having bills to pay and what not....totally took that stage for granted and miss it as well sometimes, too! I'm sure there are a ton of things we'll miss about this stage of our lives 5 or 10 years from now.

Bethany said...

Good post! I could not agree more!!!

Quixotic said...

Well put. I sometimes miss the exact same things. I love my daughter and my life now, but it's sometimes nice to reminice!! lol

Dr.Mom said...

Yeah, I know what you mean. We're on vacay with two little ones and while we are enjoying it...well it's still some work and we miss our alone time. Guess that's why they still have a bedtime even on vacation :)

MelRoXx said...

I know what you mean! xxx

Hoe you have a nice day!

Kasey said...

I remember what mine was like too. I wouldn't change my life for the world now that my son is here but sometimes I think about the mornings we would sleep in and then casually make our way to some hole in the wall to have Breakfast, or when we would go out to dinner, then to the movies... or to wherever and it was *not* considered 'Date Night' lol. Oh yes... I remember like it was yesterday! :)

erin said...

totally get where you're coming from here!

erin said...

totally get where you're coming from here!

erin said...

totally get where you're coming from here!

Bloggy Blog Designz said...

I know I have said it more than once, but you make me scared to have a kid!

Lindsey Brackett said...

Definitely agree. I wouldn't trade my girls for that life again, but I wouldn't mind knowing what I know now back then. I'm planning a shopping/movie day with some friends two weeks from now and I'm already stressing about getting milk pumped so I can be gone all day! Seriously miss the spur-of-the-moment.

wearethesheppards said...

Couldn't agree more. I wouldn't change my life/world for a moment but there are days where I'd love to be the child-free me.

Miranda said...

Amen. And ::cheers:: My cocktails with girlfriends have turned into wine parties on twitter.

C'est la vie, right?

lady gray said...

you know i'm with you.

tracylynne said...

My little guy will be a year old in 11 days....My husband and I were married for 10 years before we had him-I can totally relate, I love my baby so but its hard to believe how much our lives have changed in just 354 days.

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