So I haven’t changed who I am at the core, but there have been several adjustments to my life so I am dedicating this Tuesday Ten to all of those.
Linking up with Miss Mommy’s Tuesday Ten:
1. I am no longer grossed out by spit-up, shooting pee or baby poo that somehow makes it’s way onto the weirdest areas (fireplace hearth, anyone??). I am, however, incredibly disgusted by my dog’s drool and fur and paw marks on my wood floor because I’m worried about all the germs my baby is crawling around in.
2. Instead of having popular radio songs stuck in my head, I seem to only have the Little Einsteins and Mickey mouse Clubhouse theme songs running on repeat when I am trying to sleep. “It’s the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – come inside, it’s fun inside.” Not as fun inside my head.
3. I can eat an entire meal in less than five minutes with only one free hand. Now THAT”S talent. I swear that I never seem to have time to eat, but I still seem to eat a lot of crap during the day. Probably because it’s a lot easier to grab a handful of chips than it is to make a salad and healthy sandwich. I used to be a really slow eater and almost never finished my meal before my husband, and now I scarf it down like there’s no tomorrow.
4. Shower time has become my time to relax – I never used to see showers as all that relaxing because there is so much to do: wash my hair, condition my hair, shave, scrub my face, use body wash, etc. Now it’s this ten-minute window of warm, steamy heaven that I get to enjoy without dogs whining or babies crying. Ahhh… I’m contemplating leaving this post until later so I can go shower now!
5. Late, crazy nights have gone from 3am Taco Bell Runs to 11pm movie nights with 2 or 3 glasses of wine. I still go out once in a while, but I honestly would rather sit in my pj’s drinking pinot than go compete for space to dance with 21-year-old hussies whose asses are hanging out of their dresses. Is it so hard to find a dress that covers your lady parts? Or at least wear underwear that does? This is a sign that I am getting old…
6. Instead of perusing Perez Hilton, I hit up Mommy Blogs like they hold the biggest gossip ever. I think I know some of you all better than most people know Beyonce’s or Britney’s dirt. And I love it – would SO rather see pictures of your adorable children and funny stories about your lives than another disgusting mugshot of Lindsay Lohan. Though I will admit my ears still perk up at certain celebrity news – 72 days of marriage and it’s over, Kim Kardashian?! Scoff.
7. I used to worry so much more about the way I looked when I was out in public. I didn’t need Texas hair (although I love big hair – L.O.V.E. it), but I still needed make-up and non-pjs to leave my house, even when I was sick. Now I am much more lenient about the way I look and pay more attention to how cute the nugget looks. I think I need to revert back to my old self a little on this one though because I’m only two more sweatpants purchases away from being nominated for What Not to Wear.
8. Family seems less crazy – you know that weird aunt or silly cousin or overbearing grandma you swore you would never become? I feel more and more accepting of those people in my family and understand them better as I progress on my mommyhood journey. It’s especially cool how babies can bring families together.
9. Judgment and Acceptance – I have to admit that before I was a mom I judged other moms and people way more than I do now. For instance, I used to get so annoyed I when I was shopping at Target and there was a mom with a load of unruly kids. Or I would look at a mom who was really overweight and think that they were setting a bad example for their kids and should be more healthy. I now understand that you can’t always control your kids, and also that moms give everything to their families and often don’t take time for their own health. I still think that it’s important to teach your kids a healthy lifestyle, but I also get how hard it is to lose weight after having a baby. Don’t get me wrong, if you are a smoker and you smoke around your kids – f-you. You really suck.
10. My love for life – I complain a lot less about things than I did before, and Jackson has taught me how precious every day is. I know it sounds so incredibly cheesy, but my husband, baby and doggies are my everything. I am such a lucky girl to live the life I do and I recognize that – every. single. day.
And now for some adorable baby bathtime photos:
What has changed you since you took on a new role – mommy, wife, job, etc.?