10 Things I Miss About Life Before Kids

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Gone are the days I’m my own self.  I now have to schedule time for myself or I won’t get it.  What I miss about my life before children and things I think about while parenting 2 kids.

That’s terrible sounding and I’m compelled to explain that I have no regrets that I’ve had my children.  My children are beautiful, smart, and funny.  I can’t imagine my life without them.  My daughter is a really smart daddy’s girl.  As much as she gives us trouble, I know it’s just in her nature to be strong-willed.  My son is another force to be reckoned with.  I swear they’re going to have amazing tenacity and be very successful individuals in whatever they choose to pursue in life.

Sometimes, though, I think about life before them, and there are things I miss.

What I miss about my life before children. What do you miss about your own life before kids?

What I Miss About My Life Before Children:

While not necessarily in order, this is a list of what I miss about my life before children.

#1 Hot Coffee

I could finish a cup of coffee before it got cold. (This probably does fit in first place on this list)

#2 The Snooze Button

When I woke up in the morning, I didn’t have to rush to someone’s aid… there’s no snooze button on a screaming kid “Help!  Mommy! Mommy!”

#3 A Small Purse

I miss not lugging around a diaper bag that weighs more than one of the kids, killing my shoulders in the process.

#4 Not Having to Plan Around Someone

I didn’t have to plan around nap times. (Although occasionally taking one myself is nice.)

#5 My Own Food

Not having to share my food. I love food and I don’t necessary like sharing it.

#6 Snack without Sneaking

Not having to sneak snacks.  If I felt like indulging, I didn’t have to worry about whether or not someone else was supposed to have it.

#7 Small Sports Car

Driving a small manual-shift car everywhere.  Now, I’m limited one day a month driving in my Autocross hobby.

#8 My Health and Smarts

I felt healthier (and smarter) – my issues seem never ending since having a baby.  Thanks Hashimoto’s.

#9 Pleasant Dinner & Conversation

Dinner conversations weren’t full of convincing someone to eat dinner so they could have dessert. And eating M&Ms for dinner was acceptable.

#10 Spending on Myself without the Guilt

If I wanted something for me, I just got it.  Now I think “… but I should probably spend money onfor them”.  Then there’s the guilt when I take some time for myself.

I don’t regret having my children.  I couldn’t imagine my life without them anymore.  But, there are moments that I do miss the ease of coming and going as I please.  The freedom from not being needed nearly constantly.

I’m hit with the reality that I took all those kid-free years for granted.  I didn’t simply enjoy them.

When they get too big for needing mommy, and I get those freedoms back, I’m going to miss my babies.  I imagine I’ll have to write a top 10 list of things I miss about having little ones in the house.  For now, though, I’m in the thick of it wondering when I’ll enjoy a nice dinner out with hubby without worrying about the kids at home with the babysitter.

What do you miss about life before kids?

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