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Things To Do Before Baby Arrives 2010-07-14 11:00:09

LilSugar Challenge: Things You'd Tell Your Pre-Baby Self

Life changes once a lil one enters the picture. The spontaneity a mama previously enjoyed often gives way to routines and sleep schedules, making mom wistful for her pre-baby days. If a hot tub time machine really did exist, I'd use it to tell my pre-motherhood self to:

  • Travel more! Yes, you can travel with kids, but sightseeing in a foreign city with tots in tow is more difficult.
  • Get off the couch! Even if you're exhausted from a long week at work, don't pass up opportunities to hang out with your friends until the wee hours of the morning.
  • Create an organization method that works. Because after kids it is much easier to continue with old practices than it is to create new ones.

If you could impart words of wisdom to your pre-baby self, what would they be?

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Lenay Lenay 6 years
First, and most important, WAIT!!!! Wait as long as you possibly can! Women can safely have children through their 30's, possibly even 40's if you're in really good shape. Don't rush into parenthood. There's no vacation from it. There's no sick days. There's no second chances for that college degree, world travel, and sexy clothes.(Not to mention, uninterrupted spontaneous sex with your husband.) Celebrate your youth while you have it. You have a good 15 to 20 year window to become a parent. Plus, the longer you wait, the better prepared you can be both financially and emotionally.
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
Go to grad school. So much harder to find the time after kids. And I definitely agree with the travel one, we find ourselves doing mostly kid friendly vacations these days. Museums and 8+ hour flights will not cut it with a 2 and 4 yr old.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
1. Go to concerts, festivals, parties, amusement parks, and other places that are crowded. (After my daughter was born, I developed social anxiety and panic attacks. I cannot stand crowds or their noise anymore!) 2. Lifeguard training? Good idea. Thanks for going through that. CPR and EMT school were also great choices. Thx, past Jen! 3. Make some mellow friends. You're looking for sipping coffee friends, not party all night friends. When you have a baby, your party friends will continue to party, because that's what they do. Build friendships with parents and mellow types now, when you're feeling open and social and truly interested in other people. Believe me, trying to make friends when you haven't slept in three months and haven't been able to look at a newspaper, TV, or computer for more than two minutes at a time is not an ideal time to make friends.
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