It’s perfectly acceptable to own your identity as a parent. You take it seriously; there’s no harm in that. So what if you bought fourteen pregnancy and new mommy books before you even gave birth? It’s called enthusiasm! You only want to be the best mom you can be and if that means giving up late nights at da club, your penchant for expensive leather miniskirts and the ability to drive a two-seater convertible, you’re okay with that. Sure, there was a time when the only reason you’d be walking around during the day in old yoga pants was because you were going to yoga. But hey, yoga pants are super comfy and they are the only thing that fit you right now.
I get it. Trust me. I live it. Times have changed and you have changed with them and that’s okay!
But there’s a fine line between embracing your role as a parent and skipping your ass right over to the dark side, as if the old you (who once laughed in the face of magazines’ Cute Baby Contests and never thought about nursery “themes”) never existed. The following warning signs can help you see if you’ve completely lost any remnants of the old you. If so, it might be time for a good old fashioned night on the town raising hell. Just make sure you’re home by ten because oh God, six a.m. comes so damn early.
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