10 Things I Took for Granted Before Having Kids

You learn a lot about yourself after having kids. Some things you don't realize you take for granted. My top 10 things I took for granted before having kids.

I love these pictures of me and my husband.  We took them on our way back home after our wedding weekend.  We’re in love and carefree.  Little did we know, one year later we’d not only be celebrating our anniversary, but anticipating the arrival of our son just a few weeks after.

Your life will never be the same after having children.  My babies are blessings and I wouldn’t change a thing about them, but there are a few things that I’ve realized that I had taken for granted before becoming a mommy.  Here is my list of the top 10 things I took for granted before having kids.

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You learn a lot about yourself after having kids. Some things you don't realize you take for granted. My top 10 things I took for granted before having kids.

1. Going to the bathroom by myself.

Gone are the days of using the restroom in peace.  There’s a toddler banging on the door, fingers poking through the opening on the bottom.  What’s privacy when you’re a mom?

2. Eating my own food without sharing.

My son has decided to become a picky eater over the last few months.  On any given day he could eat everything I give him, or he could eat nothing.  Toddlers are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.

3. Sleeping without tiny hands and feet touching me.

Whether it’s at nap time or bedtime, I can never seem to sleep without a little person touching me.  Sometimes you just want to roll over, you know?

4. Quality time with my spouse.

With kids around, a date night has to be planned in advance.  No more spontaneous nights out for us I’m afraid.

5.  Reading a book.

I’m pretty sure I could recite “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and “The Little Blue Truck” in my sleep.  I long for the days that I can read a book for my own entertainment.

6. Sorting laundry and cooking without “help”.

You thought you couldn’t wait for your little one to get big enough to help you with simple chores? Well I could wait. Especially when that “help” ends up making a 5 minute task a 30 minute task.

7. Grocery shopping without meltdowns.

Better yet, maybe I should have labeled this one shopping by myself.  I’m pretty sure the designers of grocery stores did not have children or they would have made them a lot more kid friendly.  Everything that could possibly catch a kid’s attention is at their level, which is annoying in and of itself.  Add to that, a tiny attention span to match their tiny stature and we have the perfect recipe for a meltdown in 3, 2, 1…

8.  Taking a bubble bath or shower without time restraints.

I have this dream that I’m able to take a 30 minute shower, taking my time and enjoying the water. But it’s a dream and I’m lucky if I can get 10 minutes.  5 minutes and then there’s usually a tiny person wondering where I’m at.  One day, one day.

9. Watching an adult television show.

I can’t remember the last time I saw an actual television show that was targeted for adults.  Now, Disney Jr. or Nick Jr.? I’ve probably seen every new episode of every show.  I couldn’t wait for Princess Elena’s movie to come out.  Don’t judge me folks, you know you were excited too.

10. Getting a full night’s sleep.

One day, a full night’s sleep will not equal 3 hours.  I pray these days come sooner rather than later.

How many things have you realized you took for granted since having kids? I’d love to hear in the comments below!



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  • Reply
    Mimi Green
    November 25, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Ha! I’ve experienced everything on this list. As my kids get older I take some of my life back.

    • Reply
      November 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      I look forward to those days!

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    Joyce Brewer
    November 26, 2016 at 6:28 am

    I’ve become way too good at the 4 minute shower. Meanwhile, my husband luxuriates and enjoys his long showers.

    • Reply
      November 26, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Mine too! What I wouldn’t give just to be able to spend 10 whole minutes in the shower in peace lol!

  • Reply
    November 28, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Sheesh dont make me prolong having kids. I really do appreciate my singledom and child-lessness for the moment…now I am even more grateful but I do want kids!

    • Reply
      November 28, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Enjoy it while you can! Just know that when you do have kids, all of the sacrifices are worth it in the end.

  • Reply
    November 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    The older they get, the more of that stuff you get back! My oldest is 10, and none of them end up in my bed, but those feet do end up on me on the couch…

    • Reply
      November 30, 2016 at 12:41 am

      I do look forward to getting these things back as they get older. I’m happy you get your bed! lol

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