10 Things I Miss About Life Before Kids

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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 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.

10 things i miss about life before kids

Top 10 Things I Miss About Life Before Kids:

1) I could finish a cup of coffee before it got cold. (This probably does fit in first place on this list)
2) 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) Not lugging around a diaper bag that weighs more than one of the kids, killing my shoulders in the process.
4) I didn’t have to plan around nap times. (Although occasionally taking one myself is nice.)
5) Not having to share my food. I love food and I don’t necessary like sharing it.
6) 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) Driving a small manual-shift car everywhere.  Now, I’m limited one day a month driving in my Autocross hobby.
8) I felt healthier (and smarter) – my issues seem never ending since having a baby.
9) 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) If I wanted something for me, I just got it.  Now I think “… but I should probably spend money onfor them”.

Remember, 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 not being needed.  At times, the reality that I took all those kid-free years for granted really hits me.  I didn’t just 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.

What do you miss about life before kids?

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