I love being a parent because of all of the wonderful moments and experiences you get to share with your kids. From giving birth, to watching your child learn how to ride a bike for the first time…these special moments are just priceless. But there is a downside. (Coming from someone who tries to be positive all the time! We can’t take life too seriously! =)
With three kids, life is so BUSY and I think it only gets worse! My two older kids (ages 4 and 6) are in activities now and the driving and the coordinating can make you go bonkers! As parents, our lives revolve around the kids, because the kids come first and we only want them to have the best experiences. We want them to be happy and fulfilled. We want to help them grow and be the best they can be. As another blogger put it, “When you say yes to one thing, you say no to something else.” Where am I going with this you ask? Let me explain. When we say yes to all the kids activities, we sometimes say no to our own personal needs.
Here is a list of all the little “luxuries” we lose when we become parents!
WATCHING WHATEVER YOU WANT ON TV
In my house, the kids have reign over the remote control. When Netflix is on, we’re either watching Pokémon, Peppa Pig, or Super Why! I actually quite like Super Why. It’s very educational. But who am I kidding? I think I’d rather be watching an action flick or another Adam Sandler Movie. But some are very inappropriate for little kids. Thus, we watch whatever they want to watch… One day we shall have control over the TV again! haha..
GETTING TO LISTEN TO WHATEVER YOU WANT IN THE VAN
Vans are great when you have 2 or more kids. Why? Because it fits everything you need. However, in our van, we have a TV and DVD player. Great for long trips. The kids have been watching Highschool Muscial 3, Tarzan, Sleeping Beauty and Big Hero Six in the van lately. Years ago it was “Frozen” playing non stop in the van. I told my hubby, I’ve only ever listened to “Frozen” and never actually watched it from beginning to end. Score: Kids 2 Parents O. Again, the kids win when it comes to getting to listen to whatever they want in the van. After all, I’d rather be driving in a van full of quiet non screaming/non crying kids.
TAKING YOUR SWEET TIME WHEN YOU’RE SHOPPING
Back in the day, you could go to the mall, take your time and browse. Take all the time you need. There’s no hurry. You could go to several stores and find the best deals. Now it’s hurry, hurry, hurry. Quickly, run in to Shoppers, grab the bread, grab the milk, grab a box of diapers and go. Or when you go to the mall, you gotta unload the baby, unload the stroller, unload the diaper bag, get into the mall. Don’t forget the baby bottles, formula, extra clothes in case the poop goes up the back, the baby food and a mum mum just in case the baby gets too fussy. Also, don’t forget the baby carrier! Just in case baby doesn’t want to be in the stroller anymore! After all that preparation, you only last 1-2 hours in the mall because you gotta go home. The baby is getting restless! Geesh, all this preparation can work up a sweat!
GOING TO THE WASHROOM (I’m Canadian so I say washroom) BY YOURSELF OR WITHOUT INTERRUPTION
Whenever I’m in the washroom trying to have my few minutes of alone time, it’s always, “Mommmy!!! Where’s my Ipad? Where’s my toy??” They barge into the washroom and I say, “I don’t bother you when you’re using the toilet!!! Ask me when I’m done!” LOL!!
SLEEPING IN ON SATURDAY MORNINGS
In the good old days, you could sleep in on Saturday mornings. It was nice. Nothing to worry about. Crawl out of bed. Brew a fresh cup of coffee. Not a care in the world. Now, it’s, set your alarm for 730am. Gotta get one kid to ballet at 9am. Other kid has piano at 1215. Gotta make sure the kid practices piano before her lesson. Coordinate driving. Feed the baby and somehow clean the kitchen and feed yourself. It’s really a juggling act!!
SITTING DOWN FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION OF YOUR MEAL
I never sit down anymore when I eat. I’m used to just standing at the island in our kitchen. Sure, I’d love to sit down and eat. But every two seconds it’s, “Mom! I need milk!” or “Mom more apple juice please!” or “Mom, can you wipe my face!”. In the midst of all the orders, I have to somehow feed myself too! LOL!
BEING ABLE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE WHENEVER YOU WANT
Before the kids, If I felt like leaving the house, I would simply put on my shoes, grab my keys and head out the door. You’d be out of the house in two seconds. Now leaving the house is such an endeavor. “Kids! Get your shoes on! Get your coats on! Don’t forget the diaper bag!” You gotta make sure that everyone washed their faces and brushed their teeth and the diaper has been changed on the baby! Lots to think about before you head out the door!!!!
HAVING YOUR BED TO YOURSELF
In our house, the kids can crawl into our bed anytime. When we wake up, the kids are sleeping all around us. One between us, one beside us and one at our feet. We must be very careful when we kick or move the comforter. If you hear a loud thud after pulling the comforter, you knew what happened. LOL!
Ok, I know, I know, kids will only be kids for a short time! But hey, sometimes Mommy wants to watch her shows too!!! LOL! You can only watch Octonauts so many times!!