6 Unexpected Things That Will Never Be The Same Again

‘Enjoy your sleep while you can’

If I had a pound for everyone who gifted me with this nugget of  ‘advice’ when I was pregnant, I probably would’ve had change left over even after we cleaned out the Nursery Department in John Lewis. However, sleep isn’t the only thing children control change, here are a few more things that will never be the same again:

  1. Social occasions. No longer are social occasions a time to indulge in food, mindless chatter and one too many glasses of prosecco. They’re now spent grabbing mouthfuls of food in between chasing around a toddler who just wants to leg it over to the old ladies at the next table because he’s clearly spent too much time in M&S cafe and knows that they’ll shower him with attention (you know, because he gets none of that from me. None at all. Pfftttt.) And all I can manage is a sip of prosecco because we’ve developed a co-sleeping habit and I’m terrified that if I drink too much I’ll fall into a deep sleep and not wake up if he rolls out of bed, falls on the floor, gets up and walks out of the room and tumbles down the stairs. Which leads me to….
  2. When we talk about sleep, it’s not just a reduction in hours. I don’t think I ever fall into a blissfully deep sleep anymore, I just lay with my eyes closed, like a TV on standby ready to jump back into action. Well, roll and stumble back into action with my eyes half closed until I’ve woken myself up with a coffee.
  3. That Friday feeling. Everyday is a workday. Or everyday is a weekend. However you want to look at it. But losing the Friday feeling also means losing the Sunday night feeling and I don’t miss that one little bit.
  4. How much milk we get through. There’s three of us and we get through about 15 pints a week. Craziness.
  5. Shopping. It’s hard to reach to the back of the rail for your size while simultaneously trying to keep your child from teetering off the edge of meltdown mountain, keeping one hand on the pushchair so they’re not abducted while your back is turned and apologising to the poor woman you’ve unintentionally trapped in the corner with your pushchair. However, as much as I used to love clothes shopping, there’s now a million other things I’d rather do that Henry loves too that will make for much better memories.
  6. The use of both arms. There is very little I can’t do with one hand. Make coffee, hoover, hang the washing out… I’ve even made a one-handed spaghetti bolognese and it wasn’t half bad.

So ‘things that will never be the same again’ might be a little bit dramatic for a title. Before long I know that Henry will be independent and I’ll regain the time to shop, use both hands and eat a meal at my own pace. I’ll pine for our first few years together, filled with milestones, playdates, lazy mornings, and long walks. Things are different, but different in the best way.

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7 Comments

  1. March 23, 2017 / 10:09 am

    Yes to all of this and really there are so many things that will never be the same but we wouldn’t change it for the world…..or would we?! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xoxo

  2. March 23, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    This is a fab list, so true! I must confess though, I still get that Friday feeling. I look forward to my boyfriend big off work so i have another grown up (?) to speak to! #coolmumclub

  3. March 23, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Ha ha, all so very true. I do all my shopping online these days. On the rare occasions I do venture into a clothes shop with the kids I very quickly remember why I avoid them!
    #coolmumclub

  4. March 26, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    Lovely post and very true! Sometimes I even think food cooked with just one hand actually tastes better! #coolmumclub

  5. March 29, 2017 / 8:32 am

    You’re so right about that Friday feeling – I really miss that! And social occassions out of the house are definitely not what they used to be. We tend to just have people around for dinner instead these days, once the toddler’s gone to bed. I can say that I definitely do fall into a deep sleep again now though, but it did take a while! #coolmumclub

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