They say having a baby changes your life. I say it completely transforms your existence and you become an entirely new person. A mother. I call it a…mothermorphosis.
A few examples:
1. I used to wear accessories. Now I wear my baby in a Boba organic cotton carrier.
2. My idea of an intimate dinner for two entails my darling child offering me several morsels of her chewed up food for me to eat.
3. I valued the four c’s of diamonds (color, cut, clarity, and carat). Now all I care about are the four facets of poop (color, consistency, quantity, frequency). I might add that her diaper change this morning included a brief moment of terror, until I remembered that Mia happily devoured half a pint of cherry tomatoes the night before.
4. I have always cherished my alone time. I loved my independence and lived on my own for 10 years before I married Matt. Now my “alone time” which I call the “Golden Hour,” usually happens around 3:30 am when hubby and Mia are fast asleep. At this time I am prone to sending out incoherent emails. So if you are the recipient of one, I apologize in advance.
5. I used to wear beautifully altered/pressed clothes (my father was the best tailor!) and now getting dressed in the morning usually means piecing together an outfit from a pile on the floor and not caring what food group is stuck on your fave pair of jeans. FYI…banana and avocado stains are impossible to get out!
So yes, I am a different person. But I knew what I was in for when I signed up for this gig. I am the still same woman my parents raised, just my perspective and priorities have shifted a little. I still enjoy cooking for my family and friends. I still love hosting parties and having holidays in my home, because nothing is more important than family. I would never trade the daily chaos and anxiety that comes with being a first time mother. Because nothing compares to the joy I experience every moment of my chaotic existence. And nothing is more valuable to me (even diamonds) than my husband and daughter 🙂