There’s no denying that being a mum is hard work. I absolutely adore Little E and I wouldn’t change my Mum status for the world, but, I must confess that there are things I miss from my pre-baby days. Tasks which were so simple to do pre-baby are now a time consuming and stressful feat which, frankly, aren’t always worth the hassle.
Having a bath
I love having a nice long soak in the bath and it’s one of the things I miss the most since giving birth. I used to spend close to an hour several days a week in a hot bubble bath, reading a book and, on a good day, eating chocolate. Now, I’m lucky if I squeeze one in once a week. Sadly, post-baby, all I have time for is daily dash in and out of the shower.
Being able to ‘pop’ out
Gone are the days of realising you forgot something on the weekly grocery shop, hopping in the car and heading in and out of the shop in record time. It takes so long to check the baby’s changing bag, put on her coat, get her in and out of her car seat, find an appropriate trolley or set up the pram that it’s just not worth the hassle for the sake of a bunch of bananas.
Back in my late teens and early twenties I was an avid reader and could read a book in a day. Then, I got a full time job and met my other half and found I no longer had the time to read. I rediscovered my love for reading at the start of my maternity leave and enjoyed long periods in the bath with a good book before little one was born. But, since her arrival, I’ve read a grand total of three and a half books.
Watching anything but Cbeebies
I’m at the point now where if I don’t see one of the gang hosting for a few weeks, I’m Googling them to make sure they’re okay! I am, and always have been a bit of a TV fanatic. I’ve watched Corrie and Emmerdale for years and I love dramas and thrillers. Right now, I’ve got a Freesat box full of shows spanning back months because Hey Duggee and The Teletubbies win the battle day in day out.
Cooking & baking
Two things I miss are cooking and baking. I used to spend so much time in the kitchen and enjoyed making food from scratch. I was still able to do this for a few months post-baby, but, once she started getting more mobile she’d never stay in there with me. On top of this, I took up blogging and started freelancing and so her nap times are used for writing. Now, I occasionally squeeze in baking a batch of milk chocolate brownies and that’s about it.
What do you miss the most about your pre-baby days? Let me know in the comments section below.