Before I Was a Mom…

Before I was a mom…
I thought I knew who I was. I was wrong.

Before I was a mom…
My house was clean.

Before I was a mom…
I showered on my own schedule and I never had an audience while going to the bathroom.
Before I was a mom…
I was never going to let my kids watch too much TV, eat too much McDonalds or play
too many video games.

Before I was a mom…
I wouldn’t have even considered catching barf in my hands to try and salvage my couch.

Before I was a mom…
I took for granted what it felt like to shop alone.

Before I was a mom…
I actually sat down to eat breakfast.

Before I was a mom…
I had a career as a teacher. There a lot of days now when I miss it. And a lot of days when I don’t.

Before I was a mom…
I slept soundly. Once in a while I even took a nap.

Before I was a mom…
You would never have found crayons, wipes, applesauce packets, crusty kleenexes, and squashed granola bars in my purse.

Before I was a mom…
I could talk on the phone for more than 5 minutes without being interrupted.

Before I was a mom…
I didn’t sneak into the kitchen to eat chocolate chips when everyone else was sleeping.
Before I was a mom…
My feet weren’t bruised from stepping on Legos.

Before I was a mom…
I didn’t need to drink coffee before I could function in the morning.

Before I was a mom…
I had unlimited time to focus on my marriage. I miss that.

Before I was a mom…
We used to just jump in the car for a road trip and decide what we were going to do whenever we got where we were going.

Before I was a mom…
I didn’t yell as much as I do now.

Before I was a mom…
I had no idea a person could lose so much sleep worrying.

Before I was a mom…
I couldn’t comprehend the level of pride and elation you could experience from watching your son make his first basket in a game, or your daughter step into her first dance class.

Before I was a mom…
I thought I understood the concept of unconditional love. I had no clue that was just the tip of the iceberg.

I remember one day when I was pregnant with our oldest. 
I was having a moment of irrational panic. 
I was convinced that my life was going to be over once the baby was here. 
My dad just laughed and reassured me that I was about to experience the best part of my life. 
That when I’m old I will always look back on the days when my kids were little and miss them. 
Before I was a mom…I didn’t believe that. Silly me. 

Comments

  1. Interesting perspective for a non-Mom to read. Thanks for sharing!

  2. tears…for my old life and new one ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Look how much you missed out on before you were a mom. Enjoy every moment before they grow up! Before you get too old those pre-mom wonderful moments will return and you’ll look back on these days with envy. I long for the days I used to find some cracker crumbs in my purse. Now I go hungry.

  4. Beautiful post.
    I was a teacher before mom status, too…. and I also sneak in those cookies! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stopping in from SITS.

  5. Wow…this is such a beautiful post! Happy #SITSSharefest!

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. And the end totally made me do the Oprah ugly cry. So glad I read this. I needed it today. Stopping by from SITS Sharefest on Twitter.

  7. Oh my gosh – TOTALLY. You nailed it.

  8. Beautiful! I absolutely love this post! Still have that phone thing going on here and they’re teenagers!!

    • Thank you! (And are you telling me that there’s no hope in sight for a real phone conversation here? Great! Someday I suppose the quiet of their absence will make me sad…so I will accept this news.)

  9. Great perspective. I have a few years before I have to worry about being a mommy – but this is a great little reminder that becoming a mom isn’t to be feared. It’s not the end, but the start of your life. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Dakota

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