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Do You Ever Think About What You Did Before You Had A Baby?

taxi at nightTonight, as we pulled onto a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, we nearly hit two frogs and a deer. I couldn’t help but think that my road view less than twenty-four hours ago was vastly different.

Last night, around midnight, as I was packing up in Manhattan for our trip, I realized I was completely out of wipes. Knowing we were leaving early the next morning, and that I’d have no time to do anything except get the kids out the door, I came to the conclusion that I had to go out and buy some wipes, immediately.

One of the beautiful things about New York City is that you’re never too far from anything you need at any moment. Wipes are no exception. All I needed was a 24-hour drugstore… There happen to be one only 5 blocks from my parents’ apartment. My parents were home so I could run by myself without worrying about the kids waking up.

As I walked down 7th Avenue at nearly one in the morning, I had some nostalgia for my single days. Ten years ago, I walked down this same stretch of avenue on many occasions, on similar hot summer nights. Although, back then I was probably wearing some wildly inappropriate shoes for walking.

Another one of my favorite things about NYC, especially in the summertime, is that although it was a crazy time to be out, I felt completely safe, because there were lots of people out on the street.

I passed by some of the bars and restaurants I used to frequent, and saw many people enjoying their Saturday evening in a way I hadn’t done in a long time. I thought about how different my life is now. How I never would’ve imagined I’d be taking on my current mission: Wipes or bust. At least I may have dreaded the thought.

The city still looks vaguely the same at night despite the fact that I now pass by the Pub where I spent hours flirting with cute comedians in favor of Duane Reade across the street. But that doesn’t stop me from adding a few things to my list of Things I Miss From My Pre-Baby Life.

How about you? Have you had a moment like this? Do you feel like a different person now that you’ve had a baby? What were you doing 10 years ago? Or 5? Or a year ago, if you’ve just given birth?

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