Appreciating Life

Ive had a terrible few nights sleep. Not as a result of baby, its the toddler who is now playing up. Perhaps its my fault again, I forgot to apply the snufflebabe that seems to help with his cold. However, it has given me lots of time to think. Its strange how your life changes when you have a baby.
Last night, all I could think about was how it would be wonderful to have a child free night at one of those posh hotels, like scene of my Hen night and home to one of the best swimming pools I have ever had the fortune to use. Or where me and hubby stayed for part of our honeymoon and which had the fluffiest pillows and biggest bath Ive ever seen. A night of peace, pampering and luxury. Those days seem such a long while ago now. I don’t think I appreciated it all at the time.
I also quite fancy going back to the days of shopping in Liberty, weekends in Copenhagen, Paris, Barcelona and Rome and eating out in a civilised, relaxed way. Now a trip to Pizza Express and a whizz around the shops in Watford seems extravagant. Its not that I don’t love my babies, its just that its quite a shocking lifestyle change in what is effectively 2 years. So my message to any one considering having a baby is to make sure that you appreciate your life for what it is at the time. I guess that’s a message that I should also listen to now as things will now doubt be very different again a few years from now.

2 Responses

  1. cartside 12th February 2009 / 9:15 pm

    Oh how I know what you mean! I was shellshocked for about 9 months. Then I accepted it, mostly. It is a phase, even if a long one at that. In a few years we can hopefully all catch up on again. But yes, I didn't appreciate the luxury of travel, full night's sleep, shopping, going out etc sufficiently either. Now I'm elated if I get six hours of sleep for just one night a week.

  2. Aussie Mum 17th February 2009 / 3:10 am

    I too can appreciate your thoughts (with a two and a half year old and two month old). However, a close friend with two kids (nearly 5 and 3) has just had a months holiday and said it was the first in 5 years that actually felt like a holiday. She enjoying spending time with the kids and extended family without feeling stressed or sleep deprived. She managed several flights and a camping trip

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