So you've had your baby and you're now a new mom. It often takes awhile to settle into this new role. But after the days, weeks, and months pass, you begin to see some signs that you are in fact, settling into the role of Mommy. Here is my list of just some of things that make me feel like I am indeed settling into this new role.
You know are settling into the role of Mommy when...
1.) You know longer roll your eyes at the woman with the screaming toddler in the grocery store. Instead you fearfully think, "That will be ME in two years!"
2.) You sing your baby's favorite songs while walking down the aisle in a store, and not for a second think that other people may be irritated by this.
3.) You suddenly realize that you eat most of your meals in under 5 minutes, even when the baby is not around. It has become habit to scarf down your food before your presence is needed!
4.) You no longer think, "Hmm, that cell phone might be dirty. Maybe I should take it away from her and give her a 'baby toy'." Instead, you think to yourself, "If she's quiet and happy, I don't care!"
5.) Staying up til 10:30pm is a "late" night.
6.) Instead of wanting to go out on the town when you have a babysitter, you and your husband would prefer just to stay at home, sit on the couch, and do NOTHING!
7.) Your nice outfit is now anything that you wouldn't wear to bed. Unless you ironed it. Ironed sweatpants with a fitted tee definitely counts as a nice outfit.
8.) You wonder how the hell you spent all that free time you had before you had a baby. What on earth did we do with ourselves?!
9.) You spend half your day on the floor playing with blocks and rattles. The other half is spent on the floor chasing around the baby.
10.) Free time is filled with fun activities like doing laundry, emptying the dishwasher, and balancing your checkbook.
11.) You drive the long way home (and sometimes circle the neighborhood a few times) because the baby is finally peacefully sleeping in the car seat.
12.) You get spit on, puked on, pooped on, and peed on and you don't even bat an eye.
13.) Suddenly the cry it out method doesn't seem like child cruelty. It seems necessary!
14.) When other moms dump their unsolicited advice and opinions on you, you've learned to just politely nod your head and say "Uh, huh, okay we'll try that!" and then think to yourself "Not in a 100 years lady!"
15.) You begin to frequent drive thrus to avoid the hassle of taking a baby in and out of the car seat...even if it's just for a coffee or a soda.
I could probably go on forever. Meet me back here in another year. I'm sure I'll have 50 more things to add to the list!