There are a thousand reasons why we’ve held off on having children for so long, and much of it is thanks to our fellow friends with kids. It’s unbelievable how hard it is to schedule a double date night or a get together with you that doesn’t include your children. Also, countless times have you aired your complaints: never get any sleep, kids keep you on the go, never get a moment to yourself, no more date nights or grown up time, screaming tantrums, poopy diapers, projectile vomit – should I stop? I can never judge you again, because I am about to give up my life of freedom and self-concern in exchange for the tantrums, diapers, and vomit. I kind of get it, though. I have a dog, and I’ve done things for him that I can’t imagine I would have ever done. And the secret to it all is unimaginable love for another being. So, yes, I’m comparing the love I have for my dog to love you have for your children, but that’s all I’ve got to go on right now. And I’m ready (I think. I guess. Whether I like it or not.) to make those sacrifices. So this post is a dedication to my former life – the one I hope I don’t lose entirely, but will probably not see again for a long time.
1. Spontaneous/unscheduled date nights with Trav. With that, we must say goodbye to eating out at some of our favorite restaurants – Black Finn, O’Brothers, Sumo Sushi, Black Sheep (formerly Chew), Taverna, The Grotto, Capital Grille, Melting Pot for dessert, Sun Dog. We’ll need to start getting used to Cici’s Pizza and Golden Corral, as well any “Kids Eat Free” establishments. Goodbye medium rare filet mignon, seared ahi tuna, and lobster mac ‘n cheese. Hello, Hamburger Helper, fish sticks, and Kraft mac ‘n cheese.
2. Calling up friends at 2 on Saturday to make plans for the evening. Anyone know a good babysitter that can be at our beck and call?
3. Pre-baby body. I worked so hard last year to get in the best shape of my life and in 3 months it was all gone.
4. Sleeping in. Unless my baby takes after me and LOVES sleep. One can dream.
5. Nursing all day hangovers, and drinking so much that would earn you a hangover.
6. Taking an hour for myself in the morning to wake up – coffee, Facebook, Internet. I have a feeling my morning responsibilities are going to include more than taking the dog out and feeding him.
7. Going to bed when I’m tired. Again, unless the baby is just like his mama.
8. Coming home from work and having the evening free to myself. Gym? Glass of wine? A couple hours of TV and call it a night? Nope. Not anymore. On that note: we probably can’t watch shows like Dexter, True Blood, and The Walking Dead whenever we feel – like at 8:30 in the morning, the way we are right now. True Blood marathon, anyone?
4. Saturday Morning Cartoons: Oh, wait, …that’s something that I get to ADD BACK to my weekly routine! Nice.
Farewell, pre-baby life!