Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Before and After

Before I was a mom, I thought getting up at 7:30 am was early.  Now I think it's sleeping in.

Before I was mom, I could choose when I wanted to do things.  Now I change dirty diapers five minutes after waking up, whether or not I am fully awake or remotely ready for it.

Before I was a mom, I had my own mom to do my laundry.  Now, if I don't do the laundry, it doesn't get done.  It just piles up in our basement.  If it starts to creeps up the stairs, that's when I know things are getting desperate.

Before I was a mom, I could read a book for hours, and sometimes finish a book in one day.  Now I consider it a good day if I have a chance to read an entire paragraph in one sitting.

Before I was mom, I went to sleepovers and stayed up til dawn, got only three hours of sleep and thought it was fun.  Now if I go to bed past midnight I know my kids will still be up at 6:30 and I will be grumpy and no one will have fun.

Before I was a mom, I didn't really have to think about anyone except myself.  Now, at all times I have four other people (including my husband) to think about besides me.  And that's a good thing. 

Before I was a mom, I thought my mom was wrong.  Now I know she's right.

Before I was a mom, I hated that Aaron had to go to work because seeing him just those few hours each evening just didn't seem like enough.  Now I am thankful for one evening completely alone with him once in a while.  I have learned that quality is better than quantity.

Before I was a mom, I liked getting presents (okay, I still do), but now I realize that the most precious gifts I will ever receive are the little ones that I get to hold in my arms, that ask me to kiss their owies, and that I tuck in at night.

And before I was a mom, I would have never written anything so sappy.  But now I do.  (With all the testosterone in my house, somebody's got to be sappy.)

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