It’s been said that having a child is the best moment of a mother’s life. After nine months of having a big belly you finally bring another human being into the world. You may even shed tears of joy because you can’t believe that you finally have a baby. Don’t get too excited mommy, there are going to be some changes. All of the things you thought you could do before having a baby will not fly anymore. Here are 10 things you won’t get away with once you have kids.
1. Going anywhere alone
Sometimes you just need to be by yourself for a little bit. Maybe a relaxing walk around the block or a trip to the nail salon alone is just how you want to spend your Friday afternoon. Well, once you have kids forget about any of this alone time. You will never be alone. As infants they will be attached to you at the hip and as they get a little older you still can’t leave them home alone. Even when your kids get old enough to stay home by themselves, they still won’t leave you alone. Your phone will be buzzing endlessly with them asking you questions.
As a new parent you must always remember to put the sailor mouth away! You can’t even let the quietest little curse word slip out of your mouth when you drop the phone on your toe because your little ones hear everything. And they won’t just hear you; they will repeat after you, too. Believe me, you don’t want to be the parent of the kid who says hell (or worse) on their first day of Kindergarten.
3. Sleeping whenever you want
Before kids you can choose what time you go to sleep, choose what time you wake up, and maybe take a nap somewhere in between there. But once you have kids say goodbye to normal sleep patterns. The amount of sleep you get will be dictated by your children. From waking up at 5 am with newborns to staying up until 2 am waiting for your teenager to get home, once you have kids you will never sleep as peacefully as you did before.
4. Eating food you want
Just like your kids will dictate when you sleep, they will also dictate what you eat. And guess what. You can’t do anything about it. As a parent your main goal is just to get your children to eat anything no matter what it is. That means cooking a dinner that will please them not you. However, you will suck it up anyway and eat the Mac and Cheese with them to show them if mommy eats dinner they must eat dinner, too.
5. Going out
With children your weekends are no longer spent going out to dinner with friends or hanging out with people your own age. Instead, your weekends are on lockdown with your children in your house. One of the things you won’t get away with once you have kids is staying out as late as you want and stumbling in the front door.
6. Spending alone time with your significant other
Once you choose to make additions to your family you can forget about one on one time with your significant other. From going on dates to just watching TV together any time you want to spend alone with your spouse will also include a little one too. Even when you think your child has gone to sleep for the night don’t be surprised if she comes to sleep in your bed due to a bad dream.
7. Keeping alcohol in the cabinets
From toddlers to teens, every child is curious what is in your kitchen cabinets. While teens may be in search of something particular (the alcohol), and toddlers may just be looking for toys, whoever gets their hands on a bottle of liquor will be in big trouble. As a mom it is your job to keep it somewhere safe and locked away. Make sure to do the same thing with pills. You don’t want to call poison control on your three year old who thought the medicine was candy.
8. Vacationing when you want
You just got married and you and your husband have the opportunity to travel and vacation whenever you want. You can pick any weekend and choose to get away for a little while. However, once you have kids this will be much harder. You may be hesitant to travel with a little one and once your children get older the vacations must be strategically planned to account for soccer games, piano recitals, birthday parties, and so much more. As a mom the best vacation you may get is one in your backyard.
9. Watching the shows/movies you want
Once you have kids that Thursday Night movie date thing you had going with your husband will never be the same. Instead of going out to see the latest rom com or the new thriller, you will be going to see the newest Pixar film. And forget about seeing how your favorite series on TV ends because once you have kids you will not be able to watch them.
10. Wearing whatever you want
Pre-children you may be able to dress how you want. In public you may think dressing the way you were before the baby will be the same as it is after the baby, but you may have to rethink some outfit choices. Make sure that V-neck isn’t too low (I mean your infant will be grabbing at it anyway, you don’t want everyone to see what you got down there), and maybe a skirt isn’t the best option. You never know how many times you will need to bend down to pick things up. Wardrobe malfunctions are bound to happen with little ones that is why one of the things you won’t get away with once you have kids is dressing how you did before.
Even though you can’t get away with all of the same things you once did, it is all worth it because your child is better than anything in the world.