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July 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

20 Things Every Mom Misses Desperately Now That She Has Kids

by Jeanne Sager

say whatI was standing in the shower, face in the stream of water, when my daughter poked her head 'round the curtain. "I can't get my bathing suit on!" she cried. Silly her for expecting me to manage the bathing suit while I was bathing? Au contraire, mon frere! Silly me for expecting to complete a shower with a child in the house.

I never knew I'd consider a shower a luxury. And then I had a child.

You've been there, haven't you? You became a parent and presto, change-o, things you took for granted for so long in your child-free days became parental luxuries.

Not sure what I'm talking about? Maybe this will help:

1. Pooping alone.

2. Peeing alone.

3. Drinking a cup of coffee while it's still hot. 

4. Eating a chocolate bar that you don't have to share.

5. Your own music on the radio.

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6. Sleeping in.

7. Water bottles that don't have backwash in them.

8. Quiet.

9. Grocery shopping without an argument about popsicles (or sugary cereals or gum).

20 things moms miss10. Restaurants that don't have chicken fingers or hot dogs on the menu.

11. Vacations that don't include amusement parks.

12. A clean backseat.

13. Catching up on your favorite show (before 10 p.m. and without demands for water or another tuck-in). 

14. Books with more than a few hundred words (none of which rhyme).

15. Breakable home decor.

16. Your own room.

17. Your own bed.

18. Letting off a stream of curse words when you stub your toe.

19. Light switches in the off position.

20. A complete thought.

Is this you?

What do you consider a luxury now that you have kids?


  • Boobah
    by Boobah
    July 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM
    Just taking a walk without stopping. Lol! I am very good at going at a toddlers pace for walks, but sometimes I just want to MOVE. Without someone constantly bumping or running in front of the stroller and then STOPPING directly in front of it, causing me to screech to a halt to avoid running over said child.
  • Boobah
    by Boobah
    July 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM
    I'd also be happy to do anything alone. Anything.
  • Dawn07
    by Dawn07
    July 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM
    Yep, definitely sounds like me lol.
  • wowguildmomma
    July 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    being able to eat without the kids eyeballing my plate after they finished thier own. lol. 

    "mom that looks good" "mom are you gonna eat that" "mom i know i hate spicy food but if its on your plate i think it will be ok" 

  • kirbymom
    July 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM
    I would love to be able to come up with my own advice!
  • kirbymom
    July 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM
    I would love to eat my own food for once!
  • kirbymom
    July 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM
    It would also be nice to drink my own water. lol
  • kirbymom
    July 17, 2013 at 2:13 PM
    Bwahahahaha - Do anything alone???!! Keep that dreamalive, honey. lol
  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    July 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM

     I don't miss breakable stuff because we are the ones more likely to break it or the pets are!

  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    July 18, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    I would just love some time to think.  That's right, sit there and look like I'm doing nothing and think.  Without all the interruptions, fights, discontent, and a sudden lack of knowledge about where anything is located.

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