Pre-baby Me in our framed house, Me with my Grandpa, Me on a road trip - young and carefree!
Sometimes I look back on photos of myself pre-pregnancy and pre-baby and wonder what I used to DO with all of my free time. Pictures like this tell me I had time to curl my hair, and show that lots of sleep left my skin shiny - in a good way. There are many pictures of soirees with girlfriends, lazy afternoons on vacation devouring a good book, and lots of the Hubs and I on various adventures.
These days I sport a mommy ponytail a lot of the time, and I think I might be seeing my first *gasp* fine lines around my eyes and mouth. I'm not featured in many pictures anymore - my little boy is the new star of the iPhoto files.
Of course, of course I would not trade my life now for my life then. I may have a perma-case of baby brain, and I have much less time for prettifying and fashion, but the giggles, cuddles and antics of my sweet little boy more than make up for all of it.
I was telling my husband recently how I like to spend my "Mommy Alone Time". He likes to spend nights out playing golf or hockey with his boisterous bunch of friends, whereas I love to sit down at Starbucks/Chapters with a coffee (HOT!, and not thrice reheated in the microwave hot!) and a magazine and just enjoy the sound of silence. It's hard to catch a moment like this at home, because there are always things to do, but when I am out feel like I can finally breathe, relax and just be me. It felt odd the first couple of times being out by myself, not having the cute little babe on my hip for strangers to coo over, but I sure enjoy the hour or two to myself.
What a change in the past couple of years. It's not all about me anymore, that's for sure!
How do you spend your Mommy Alone Time? What would your ideal childfree afternoon look like?
*I'll confess my IDEAL Mommy Alone Afternoon would involve a Nutella latte at my favourite coffee shop, shoe browsing and buying at Holt Renfrew, followed by a massage and pedicure at the spa. Maybe pedicure first actually. Unfortch, that is not in the maternity leave budget! Chapters it is!
*I realize I will be infinitely more busy with 2 or 3 kids, and probably look back at pictures of me with one child and wonder why I thought I was soooo busy too. It's a journey, right?
p.s I just found this wonderful video http://www.reflectionsofmotherhood.com/ - What would you tell yourself if you could go back to days before your baby was born? I would tell myself to sleep when that sweet little baby sleeps. The house can wait, the laundry can wait, your blog can wait :) You'll feel so much better with a nap.