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10 Things Mamas Take For Granted Before Children

10 More Things Mamas Took For Granted Before Children

Oh, to reminisce about those pre-baby days. Yesterday, I wrote about the things I took for granted before having children. While mamas love their lil ones – and our lives with them – we've given up a few luxuries. Our readers chimed in with some of the things they have sacrificed so check out the list.

  • Impromptu Vacations: Before kids, we threw our clothes in a bag and headed to the airport for a weekend getaway without thinking about sleeping arrangements, food or entertainment.
  • Reading on Airplanes: On a business trip or vacation, flights offered time to catch up on our favorite magazines and books rather than tempering cranky travelers.
  • Music with Explicit Lyrics: There is no way to compare the G-rated sounds of Radio Disney to Snoop Dogg's uncensored lyrics.
  • Uninterrupted Phone Calls: Hour-long, in-depth conversations with girlfriends were a weekly occurrence before kiddos started interrupting them with endless questions vying for attention.
  • Laundry: Complaining about having to do one load of laundry each week seems crazy now that the washer and dryer are constantly running.

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  • Leisurely Car Rides: Sunday afternoon drives in a small convertible were one of life's luxuries before car seats required more space.
  • Uninterrupted Meals: Who knew sitting through an entire meal wasn't the norm.
  • Impromptu Date Nights: The biggest dilemma on date night used to be where to go not who would watch the kids and what time we had to be home.
  • Personal Shopping: Aside from simply hopping out of the car and checking off a list, shopping used to be by ourselves and for ourselves.
  • Stain-Free Clothing: Before kids, the stains on our clothing were the result of our own accidents instead of greasy fingers and far-flung food.


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mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
Having kids mean that you give some things up, but you take on new wonderful things. Of course I miss sleeping in on Sundays until 12 and reading a magazine on the airplane (unless my kid is sleeping), but it's not like life is over now. And you can still take random trips, but now you are bringing one more along for the ride. As a working mother, I love having my days to focus on myself. I can shop for me, have a quiet lunch, etc. and then I get to come home to my amazing child who goes to sleep at 6:30 pm.
stephcorinn stephcorinn 7 years
To mammamia - I never said that I was reading articles to convince myself to have children. And I know that I don't have to have children if I don't want to. I was just asking, since you semmingly have to give up so much, what is it that you get in return that makes up for it? And there's no need to be insulting.
stephcorinn stephcorinn 7 years
After reading this and the post from the other day along the same lines, why is it that people have children? I've always wanted kids, but lately when my husband and I talk about it we realize how much we like our lives just as they are now. These posts just reinforce that idea.
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