Before I was a Mom…

I got an email from my mom today about being an awesome mom (aww, thanks mom!). It made me think of my life before Ryan…. before I was a mom…

…picking someone else’s nose was DISGUSTING. Now, I ย hunt those boogies down.

…I showered every day and took my time (ya know, 20 minutes) getting ready and putting on makeup. Now I’m lucky if I brush my hair and leave the house without food stains on my pants.

…I rocked out to my favorites all the time (Aerosmith, The Who, Phil Collins, DMB, The Used, LedZep, etc). Now I don’t even remember my favorites, but I know every word to the Kindermusik CD and practically sing those songs in my sleep.

…I had no freaking clue what Yo Gabba Gabba was.

…I looooved to shop for myself. Now I head straight for the baby section (clothes and toys) first.

…Sleeping in meant getting up at 10am. Now it means getting up at 8am.

…Dinner was at 8-9pm. Now it’s at 5-6pm.

…I spoke like an adult and had grown-up conversations about the world. Now I use words in daily conversation (with other adults) like byebye, birdies, potty, sleepy, milkies… and have discussions about poop and sleep and tantrums.

…I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but I thought extended breastfeeding was weird. Now Ryan is 16 months and we’re still going strong.

…I regularly got 8-10 hours of sleep a night. Now I’m really lucky if I get 6. And it’s NEVER uninterrupted.

…I took alone time, silence and freedom for granted. Now I cherish the two minutes I get to myself when I go to the bathroom.

…I could talk on the phone whenever I wanted. Now I have to plan calls during Ryan’s naps (or he’ll cry the whole time) and the problem is that during his naps, the last thing I want to do with my free time is sit on the phone.

…I never looked at a child or baby (or ANYTHING) and became so happy that it made me cry. Now I do almost every single day.

…I never knew how really freaking cool it’d be to grown an entire person inside of you and watch them grow up into an intelligent and independent human being. Amazing.


21 comments to Before I was a Mom…

  • Tara

    I totally agree with the talking on the phone one!!!!!! It’s impossible to have a conversation with the baby climbing on you! But when there’s finally naptime it’s like I HAVE A MILLION THINGS I’D RATHER BE DOING!!!!!


  • What? You get 2 minutes to yourself in the bathroom?!


    babydickey Reply:

    Hahaha, I KNEW I’d get a comment about that!!! I almost added a disclaimer to it – that it happens on a rare occasion (usually as a last resort before I pull my hair out and it usually means Ryan is outside the door crying for me lol – but at least I’m ALONE for a minute, right?!) Haha.


  • ๐Ÿ˜€ Even my 6 and 9 year olds can’t seem to let me have 2 minutes in the bathroom. I was recently tweeting that I keep hearing footsteps the moment I get out of the shower. Which makes me leap across the bathroom and lock the door.


    babydickey Reply:

    hahaha, love it!


  • I couldn’t have made a better list – took the words right out of my mouth. Haha! Love it.


  • Beth

    Haha – brings back memories! Your comments are universal…:) ๐Ÿ™‚ And…it is all so worth it. Look what you get when they grow up! I have Emily and Jeff…the two most wonderful kids ever and I have a million great memories that make me smile on a daily basis.


  • yep, love this list it pretty much covers it all! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had a great Mother’s Day!!


  • Beth @ Me as a MomMy

    So so true. But 8 is sleeping in??? I count my blessings when (if) we make it to 7!!!!


    babydickey Reply:

    Haha, sleeping in till 8 is like if Steve takes Ryan for me in the morning. Otherwise, I’m also excited to make it to 7! It’s usually 530-630, haha.


  • I’m so with you on so many of these. And I wish I didn’t know with yo gabba gabba was, I’m not a fan!


  • “I took alone time, silence and freedom for granted. Now I cherish the two minutes I get to myself when I go to the bathroom.”

    What?! You get pee ALONE?!


  • Christine

    Oh man, I can relate to 80 percent of what you said. Before I was a mom I would never have conceived of being/acting the way I do today!


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