5 Ways Becoming A Mommy Changed Me


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?






9 comments

  1. I agree with these for sure. Especially the coffee. Coffee everyday!

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  2. Totally hear you - especially on the coffee thing! But somehow, we still manage to be on time with our two. Probably cause we leave MEGA early!

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    1. Coffee is a lifesaver. I try so hard to be on time! Maybe I will get the hang of promptness with my little love soon. You give me hope that it is possible. :)

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  3. Beautiful post! Found myself nodding in agreement with all of these points… only, I've always been pretty late and I'm even worse now that I'm a mom! Oops! So happy to have found your blog… really looking forward to catching up on your archives :)

    Chereen
    http://forthebeautyofit.co.za

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  4. ABSOLUTELY on the judgmental thing--never again will I judge a mom or dad with a screaming child in a store/ restaurant/ movie theatre. Since I became a parent, I've learned that i can operate on WAY less sleep than before!

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  5. I never, ever, was a sports fan probably because I was raised in a very feminine household with all girls, and I never played any because I was so terrible at them. However, my son is very physically active and needed to be engaged in a sport or running around. He's tried soccer, baseball, wrestling, football and lacrosse. From his participation, I have become a fan of football and lacrosse (lacrosse is his absolute favorite and now my husband's and mine) -- I love to watch them and cannot believe that the woman who was mad that a Super Bowl interrupted her birthday in her 20s is now understanding and enjoying the many aspects of these two sports in her 40s. Thanks to my kids!

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  6. All of the above are true for me except the coffee. Tea is my vice!

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  7. Coffee before baby...and even more coffee after baby. ;)

    But really, how have I been changed? I learned a new, amazing kind of love.

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