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"Before I Was a Parent …" Babble Bloggers Share Their Stories

As parents, LBK (life before kids, of course) sometimes becomes a hazy memory so distant it might as well have happened to someone else. That’s why every once in a while, it’s good to take a look back, pull out some old pictures, and reminisce about who you were before you were Mommy and Daddy. Kids, we hope you’re listening, because before your folks were awesome parents, they were awesome people — and they did some pretty cool things. — Caitlin Palmer

Click through the jump to check out what our bloggers were like before they were changing diapers and reading bedtime stories!

 

 

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  • Globetrotter 1 of 18
    Globetrotter
    Before I was a mom... I traveled solo for three months in South America.
    —Jane Roper, Babble Voices blogger
  • Queen of the Stage 2 of 18
    Queen of the Stage
    Before I was a mom... I was a blonde, an actress, and a singer.
    Read about my pre-mom adventures here.
    —Naomi Odes, Toddler Times blogger
  • G.I. Jane 3 of 18
    G.I. Jane
    Before I was a mom... I thought being a soldier was the toughest job I'd ever love.
    —Joslyn Gray, Strollerderby blogger
  • Under the Sea 4 of 18
    Under the Sea
    Before I was a mom... my husband and I were avid SCUBA divers.
    —Karen Walrond, Babble Voices blogger
  • Tough Girl Walkin’ 5 of 18
    Tough Girl Walkin'
    Before I was a mom... I was a badass.
    —Danielle Elwood, Toddler Times blogger
  • Biker Chick 6 of 18
    Biker Chick
    Before I was a mom... I spent a lot of time during the summer and fall months riding my Harley on adventures throughout Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota,
    and Montana.
    —Laura Levy, Family Kitchen blogger
  • Puppy Love 7 of 18
    Puppy Love
    Before I was a mom... I loved my dog the most.
    —Allison Kramer, Babble Voices blogger
  • Funny Girl 8 of 18
    Funny Girl
    Before I was a mom... I would gleefully perform for beer tickets at comedy clubs. (Here is Samantha Bee giving me a massage with tiny plastic baby hands in the year 2000.)
    —Allana Harkin, Babble Voices blogger
  • Night Owl 9 of 18
    Night Owl
    Before I was a mom... I'd stay up until 4 am in European coffee shops, knowing I could sleep it off the next morning.
    —Tsh Oxenreider, Babble Voices blogger
  • Mr. Fashionist-o? 10 of 18
    Mr. Fashionist-o?
    Before I was a dad... I had a much better sense of fashion.
    —Dan Pearce, Babble Voices blogger
  • Working Girl 11 of 18
    Working Girl
    Before I was a mom... I thought it was a no-brainer that I would go back to work full-time. And then the universe said, "Ha!"
    —Joanne Bamberger, Babble Voices blogger
    Photo credit: Veer
  • Jet Setter 12 of 18
    Jet Setter
    Before I was a mom... I flew a plane.
    —Lauren Hartmann, Baby's First Year blogger
  • Sleeping Beauty 13 of 18
    Sleeping Beauty
    Before I was a mom... on weekends I used to sleep until I felt the need to wake up. Usually after 10 am. But I have to say that before I was a mom, I never knew what it was like to love somebody so completely, so unselfishly, so unconditionally.
    —Jeannette Kaplun, Babble Voices blogger
    Photo credit: Veer
  • She’s with the Band 14 of 18
    She's with the Band
    Before I was a mom... I was in a garage band.
    —Sarah Braesch, Babble Voices blogger
    Photo credit: Veer
  • Clueless 15 of 18
    Clueless
    Before I was a dad... I had no idea how far up my ass my head was, or how great it would feel to pull it out.
    —Doug French, Babble Voices blogger
    Photo credit: Veer
  • Social Butterfly 16 of 18
    Social Butterfly
    Before I was a mom... I didn't understand why moms seemed to only want to hang out with other moms.
    —Cassandra Barry, Babble Voices blogger
    Photo credit: Veer
  • Bring It On 17 of 18
    Bring It On
    Before I was a mom... I was a competitive cheerleader for five years.
    —Beth Anne Ballance, Toddler Times blogger
  • Captain of the Control 18 of 18
    Captain of the Control
    Before I was a dad... I watched a lot of television. Much of it unanimated.
    —Joel Stein, Babble Voices blogger
    Photo credit: Veer

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