10 Ways I've Changed Since I Became a Mom

By Jen Piwtpitt - 8:54 AM

A few weeks ago, when my mom was visiting from the Middle East, she gave me a couple of magazines she’d picked up during her travels, one of which was a parenting magazine. It was a cheapy local magazine she thought I might like, and since I haven’t read a magazine in . . . forever . . . it felt like heaven to flip through it.

Even if half of it was in Arabic.

One of the English articles really grabbed my attention. It was one of those double spreads where random women revealed the ways in which motherhood has changed them. The answers were pretty standard (“It’s taught me what’s important in life”, “It’s brought me closer to my husband”, blah, blah, barf, blah), so I didn’t really get anything out of it.

With the exception of one thing: a blog post idea!

Now, I’m sure I’m not the first blogger to put together a list like this, and I sure as hell won’t be the last, but I’m doing it anyway.

So here you go.

10 Ways I’ve Changed Since I Became a Mom:

1. I wait until my split ends are at least an inch long before heading to the hair salon.

2. I go to the gym at the ungodly hour of 5:30 am just to get some time to myself.

3. My boobs are smaller than they were in grade 7.

4. I’ve ditched my expensive shampoos, conditioners, & straightening balms for my husband’s Head and Shoulders shampoo. And I don’t even have dandruff.

5. I’ve become one of those annoying women who feels cold all the time.

6. My eyebrows are thicker because “pluck eyebrows” is no longer a priority.

7. I often catch myself feeling jealous of moms who drive minivans.

8. I’ve cooked all but 5 of the meals I’ve eaten in the last 2 years myself.

9. I spend at least 90% of my day in my pajamas.

10. The first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning is: “Do-do-do-do Dora! Do-do-do Dora! Do-do-do Dora! Do-do-do Dora!”

How have YOU changed since you became a parent?

This was originally published on Cloudy, With a Chance of Wine.

More About Dani:Dani Ryan is a corporate slave turned stay-at-home-mom who has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She tries to find the humor in motherhood on her blog, Cloudy, With a Chance of Wine, and is a proud contributing author to the hilarious book, I Just Want to Pee Alone. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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