I am less prompt.
My pre-baby self would have never been late to an event or dinner with friends. Since the arrival of my dearest Miss Cupcake I struggle to arrive on time. It seems that no matter how early I started getting ready there will inevitably be a disaster at the last moment that will cause a substantical delay. If something gross (such as a potty training mishap) is going to happen, it will happen the moment I am ready to walk out the door.
I am more cautious when I drive.
While I was never a manic on the road, there were plenty of times when I was definitely careless. I have never been in a serious accident, but I am guilty of bumping a car in the parking garage due to texting in my pre-baby days (thankfully, the other driver was super forgiving). All that has changed now that I see a squishy little face in my rearview mirror. I now wait until there are no cars in sight before pulling out into a street, and my phone is stashed away to avoid temptation of peaking at texts.
I drink coffee. Ever. Single. Day.
I literally despised coffee before becoming a mommy. Obviously, if you are a Skinny Latte Mommy reader you know that has all changed. Coffee was my lifeline during those sleepless months due to a colicky baby. And it continues to be my motivation for dragging out of bed at the unthinkable hour which Miss Cupcake firmly believes to be morning.
I attend more playdates than adult events.
There was a time when spontaneous dinners out and game nights with friends were the norm. Social events that I attend must now fit neatly into a toddler's nap time and bedtime. Thus, the majority of the my socializing now comes from playdates. And I am actually quite content with this arrangement for the time being.
I am less judgmental.
There was a time when I would observe screaming children at the grocery store and wonder to myself why the parent's were allowing such unreasonable behavior. While Miss Cupcake is generally a well behaved little lady, there have certainly been moments when I have been utterly humiliated by her behavior in public. I have learned that there are ultimately going to be incidents when every child will behave quite uncivilized no matter how perfect the parent.
These are just a few of the ways in which becoming a mommy has changed me.
How has parenthood changed you?