Ever since I became a mother, time seems to move quicker, and there seem to be less hours in the day. Many of the things that I used to have all the time in the world for, now don’t even fit into the day sometimes! Here are a few of the things that I rarely have time for these days, since I became a mother:
- Reading: rarely do I have the chance to read anything besides skimming the google results for sleep techniques for babies, squinting to read the directions on the back of the baby Tylenol bottle in the middle of the night, or reading books printed on thick indestructible cardboard.
- Doing my hair: too many days lately, I seem to be resorting to the quick and easy French braid. Gone are the days of long, pin straight hair flowing over my shoulders!
- Cleaning: the dishes are often stacked in the sink, the vacuum left untouched for days in the cupboard, the dust bunnies peeking out from corners and behind the doors.
- Late weekend mornings: gone are the days when we would sleep in til 9am on the weekends, abandoning the alarm clocks and letting our bodies tell us when it’s time to wake up.
- Long showers: I used to revel under the warm water, enjoying this time alone to think – or sing aloud to the music!
Although at times I may miss some of these things, my time these days is spent in so many new wonderful ways. Here are some of the ways I feel lucky to instead spend my time, now that I am a mother:
- Reading: Snuggling in a chair as I read “The Belly Button Book” to my little girl, and seeing her smile and look for her own belly button as I sing the beebo song at the end.
- Doing my hair: Sitting on the bathroom floor as my daughter uses my comb to try and brush Mommy’s hair. She proudly says her new word, “brush”, as she works away at it, concentrated and focused.
- Cleaning: doing dishes with my little girl, ignoring the dirty plates and instead making bubbles in the sink, piling them up on our spoon, and blowing them off together like a candle.
- Late weekend mornings: snuggling in bed on a Saturday morning, singing songs together with my husband and daughter. She is our new alarm clock, but she wakes us with a soft “hi”, and a sweet smile that melts your heart.
- Long showers: sharing the sprinkling water with my little girl, who loves to feel the “rain” on her head, and opens her mouth to catch the water. We put the plug in, letting the bath fill so that we can splash, kick and blow bubbles together!
Sometimes it may not seem like I have time for everything that I used to. But the way I spend my time these days is so much more precious to me. I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything in the world.