I had time to myself, read books, indulged in hobbies, and loved to go shopping. There was time to try out new recipes, do my nails, go to yoga, and further my career.
These days, my clothes are easy-care and I don’t wear much jewelry; I live in Keds and Blundstone boots, and my hair is usually up in a ponytail.
I spend most of my time tending to my family and consider myself lucky to read a magazine article; I forget what my hobbies were (I had those?) and rarely get to go shopping (when I do, it’s usually rushed, so I don’t bother).
There’s not much time to get creative in the kitchen so we eat a lot of chili, chicken fingers and homemade soup. My nails are in need of tending, my downward dog could use a lot of improvement, and some days, I’m in WAHM hell.
But, you know what?
Before I became a Mother, I didn’t know that clothes, shoes and jewelry would be the absolute last things on my mind; that even if I had oodles of time to myself, I’d choose to spend it with my kids; and that the best hobbies are those we enjoy together – drawing, crafting, reading and playing.
Shopping for my kids is just as fun as shopping for myself (who knew?); and even though I’m no Martha Stewart, we all sit down and eat supper together every night – which is no small feat. While it’s important to take care of myself, the time I spend with my kids while they’re still little is fleeting. So, I’m comfortable in the knowledge that there will eventually be more time for yoga and manicures.
Before I became a Mother, I knew it would be the hardest job I’ve ever done… and that doesn’t come close to the reality. It’s the toughest, most frustrating, challenging and physically demanding job I could imagine. But it’s also the most fulfilling, rewarding, utterly joyful experience I’ve ever had. Some days suck, it’s true… but others more than make up for it.
As for my career, it’s amazing how fate’s twists and turns have led me to a place of complete and utter perfection. Sleepless, working nights be damned, this is where I’m supposed to be.
Messy ponytail and all.