To all women out there who now call themselves “Mum”, can you imagine how life was before you had children? I certainly can’t and it has only been 3 1/2 years since I gave birth to my first child. You forget so easily what you did those days. If I think back now, I would get so bored out of my mind. What do you do when you have no children?
Today I compiled a list for you, how you know you live a child.
1. TV becomes your new best friend
I don’t know about you but if I want to put hang up some washing or clean up somewhere, the TV seems to be the only thing that keeps them quiet for a few minutes and I am able to do some house work without them wrecking the house.
2. Your dinners are being refused the first time
You probably remember them evenings when you prepared the dinner for when hubby comes home from work and you would sit down and enjoy a delicious meal together. These days you have to bribe them with a delicious dessert to eat at least of their dinner.
3. “Hubby”, First Name, “Baby” becomes “Daddy”
Even when the kids are not around or are in bed, I still call my hubby to be “daddy”. It just became a habit since we have children.
4. Grocery Shopping is like a holiday
I generally do my weekly shopping on my own. I swear it’s like a mini holiday to get out of the house for an hour with no screaming, shouting, “I want this, I want that”.
5. Sleep ins are history
I remember those days where hubby and I used to sleep in until 10 am or even longer sometimes weekends. This is non existent now. You might get lucky and have this luxury again once they are teenagers
6. Coffee table, flowers decorations
All gone. The living room is bare and all you see now is colourful little toys, boxes of toys, toys you trip over once a day. You need the space for ride ons, train sets etc. The baby could hit her head on the coffee table, pull down the flowers, smash the decorations.
7. Baby wipes are your new cleaning product
It’s amazing what baby wipes can clean. I used it on pretty much everything at this stage. Surfaces in the kitchen, dirt on the floor, stains on the couch etc
8. Washing Machine is turned on daily
There is not a day where I don’t put the wash on. Prior to the kids, I washed once a week. It’s so hard to catch up with it that the washing is actually catching up with me and there are always piles and pile of washing to be done whether that is bedding or actual clothes.
9. Hoovering, Sweeping, Mopping? A clean house?
You might get the odd minute to actually sweep underneath the table and the kitchen floor but your weekly routine of sweeping, mopping and hoovering is over. It doesn’t happen all at once anymore. Once you are done with sweeping and mopping every now and then, you have to start all over again because the toddler spilled a drink or left crumbs all over the floor. Hoovering is a hard task. The toddler is terrified of the hoover which means I only get to hoover when he is upstairs when I have to hoover downstairs or the other way around.
10. Your house is like a pharmacy
The amount of Calpol, Nurofen, Teedex, Exputec and nasal spray we have been going through over the last 3 1/2 years is enormous. You feel like you live in a pharmacy with the amount of medications.
But after all we love our little precious ones don’t we?
Is there anything you would add to this list? What have you noticed is different since you had children?