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5 Things You Might Miss About Pre-Baby Life

By Rebecca Odes |

My sister  just had her second son this summer (her first son’s two).  Naomi writes about her life with those little guys for Babble’s Baby’s First Year Blog. She posted yesterday about the top 5 things she misses about life before babies.  People are always telling you to “enjoy things while you can” when you’re pregnant. After all, it’s your LAST CHANCE! I’m not a fan of this last-chance pressure. As far as I’m concerned, once you’re pregnant, you’re already pretty well on your way to becoming a parent, accompanying sacrifices included.

Still, I think there is value in hearing other people’s stories.  Part of the hard part of post baby life is not knowing what the hell hit you.  It’s like Babble founder Alisa said about her postpartum loneliness: Why didn’t anybody tell me? Sometimes people try to protect new moms by keeping their mouths shut. But I think the code of silence can sometimes do just the opposite. I always feel like knowing what to expect could take the edge off.

So here’s what some moms say they miss:

1. Leisure Time: Time to read a magazine. Time to give myself a pedicure, or even just clip my toenails after a shower. Time to put on make-up, or take a bath, etc. Really, time to do anything without rushing like a maniac. What does it say about life when cleaning the kitchen is actually a break from parenting, and I even have to rush when I’m doing that.

2. Spontaneity: Unless you call pulling into the El Pollo Loco drive-thru spontaneous, of course. Gone are the days when we could jump on a Southwest Flight to Vegas on a Friday afternoon. Granted, we only did that once, but still…

See the rest of Naomi’s top 5 and a whole lot of comments from other moms about the things they miss about life before babies at Baby’s First Year. Do you have any predictions of your own?

photo: Meagan/flickr

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Rebecca Odes

Rebecca Odes is a writer, artist and mother. She was inspired to write her blog, From The Hips, during her first pregnancy when she discovered every pregnancy book she came across made her feel anxious or irritated. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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0 thoughts on “5 Things You Might Miss About Pre-Baby Life

  1. christine says:

    I’m already missing the ability to stay up late. I used to be a night owl! Now, if 10:30 rolls around and I’m not in bed, I get grouchy.

  2. Krisunderwood says:

    If I had to name just one thing it would be SLEEP. Then more sleep. Sleeping in.

  3. Dana. says:

    My old body…and going out for dinner.

  4. Diana says:

    I’m with you Krisunderwood! Sleep, more sleep, and even more sleep. At three-years old, my daughter still has nights were bad dreams, illness, or just restlessness keep her, and me, up. With another one on the way, I’m already anticipating the frequent night-time wake ups to nurse and such. I know it’s my job as a parent but I still miss the sleep.

  5. Kate says:

    I’m new to the motherhood game, so I realize some things will get easier soon. I have a 9 day old son and the things I really miss are being able to sleep (like every parents), and being able to clean my house. It’s a perpetual disaster!

  6. NancyRoxanne says:

    Using the restroom by myself without my toddler in tow!

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