Life Before Kids

June 12, 2007

On my last trip home, a fellow crew member and I were just finishing up going through security when we saw the sweetest sight on the horizon . . . a Starbucks. He and I looked at each other like we shared a deep dark secret that only the two of us knew about.

Excited, we quickly got all our things together and rushed over to stand in line, practically knocking people over along the way. The rest of the crew stared in amazement. Of course, everybody loves Starbucks, but why the big deal?

Let’s just say that he and I were the only ones on the crew that have small children. For us, a trip to Starbucks is a luxury. There are times when I drive pass that familiar green and black sign and long to make a quick stop. However, we all know there is no such thing as a “quick stop” when you have the kids with you.

Even on those rare occasions when I do have the opportunity to purchase their addictive beverages, it’s so hard to thoroughly enjoy it when there’s always some sort of “emergency” that needs my attention. I don’t know why I even bother to order a hot beverage when I know it’s going to be cold by the time I actually get to drink it.

So, here we were, standing in this ridiculously long line and risking being written up for boarding the plane late. We didn’t care. And once I got my Grande White Chocolate Mocha with Whip, nothing else mattered. As I leisurely strolled to the gate in peace and quiet, I was in Heaven.

Of course, we would never trade our kids for anything in the world. However, what’s one thing that you miss about your “before kids” life?

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Aloha from Kitty, Abby, Mary, Daisy, Karen, PeachySwamiMommy, BeachMama, Kitwench, Naughtywill, Mike, Char, Dana, Sparky Duck, Groovyoldlady, Desert Songbird, Melissa, Bungi, Heather, Momto3cubs, Renee, Holly Schwendiman, Sherry, Maria, Heart of wisdom, Twisted Cinderella, and Grace

26 Comments on “Life Before Kids”

June 12, 2007
7:57 am

grace said:

I miss sleeping beyond 8am!!

Now that daughter is almost 4 and can sleep beyond 8am on weekends, my body clock has been so accustomed to waking up early since giving birth that I wake up at 6 even on weekends! uurggh!

June 12, 2007
11:51 am

Twisted Cinderella said:

I miss sleeping in and lazy Saturdays spent cuddling together.

June 12, 2007
11:54 am

heart of wisdom said:

There was life before kids? You mean there is a bottom to the laundry basket?

June 12, 2007
1:12 pm

maria said:

You know I thought of a hundred things to say when I first read that, but then I realized it has been so long since I was before kids that I wouldn’t do any of that now anyway. Seeing as I stay home and work from home i would have to say I miss getting dressed nice every day and socializing. As much as I hated it when I was doing it, I realize now how “easy” it was.

June 12, 2007
2:15 pm

sherry said:

I miss a lot of little things, but the one I miss the most is being able to regularly use the bathroom all by myself. I never could have imagined sitting on the toilet while drawing pictures on the magna doodle or singing “The Ants Go Marching One By One” or just begging people to please PLEASE let me wipe myself for two seconds.

(By the way, I love your blog layout, it’s absolutely beautiful.)

June 12, 2007
3:49 pm

Holly Schwendiman said:

Oh the little pleasures are so worth it aren’t they? I can’t tell you how wonderful those dinner or movie dates are when they finally come along for us. We laugh now wondering why we were so anxious and worried about when kids would come. If I could go back and change anything it would be to enjoy those years of waiting from worrying to enjoying. If only I could have seen for sure that they would come. Sleep is at the top of my list of things lost - sleeping in, taking naps, etc.


June 12, 2007
4:25 pm

Renee said:

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it…

I miss having sex all over the house at any time of the day! W/O having to hop up and lock the door.

Now that we have DD the wildest place has been in our bathroom.

Last year when we took a trip to Vegas & DD stayed home w/ MIL…it was the best! I’m hoping that we can go again this Aug for our Anniversary.

June 12, 2007
4:28 pm

momto3cubs said:

Sleep. Doing housework and having it stay done for more than 10 minutes. Reading a book. Going to work without having to worry about childcare. Not having things broken around the house each day. And, yes, doing quick little errands!

My SIL gave me a Starbucks gift certificate, months ago, and I’ve only been able to use it twice so far!

June 12, 2007
5:07 pm

Heather said:

Cave diving with my husband. It’s the one passion that we’ve both completely given up on since having had children. I have to agree though, using the bathroom alone and sex whenever/wherever rank highly on the list too!

June 12, 2007
5:46 pm

Bungi said:

No life with kids yet! And i intend to make the most of it while i have it… And thank God i like my coffee cold…

June 12, 2007
6:24 pm

Melissa said:

Going on vacations that aren’t planned around a theme park, children’s museum, zoo or other children’s attraction.

June 12, 2007
6:25 pm

Desert Songbird said:

I miss sleeping naked.

I miss being able to order french fries and not have one or both of my kids say, “Can I have one?”

I miss being able to walk through the family room without fear of stepping on a Lego.

I miss the spontaneity of our life before kids, but I would NOT trade my life today for what I had before. No way!

June 12, 2007
10:48 pm

groovyoldlady said:

My waist. and energy. I miss that too.

June 13, 2007
4:00 am

Sparky Duck said:

all i know is that the continuing blog posts about what freedoms are being given up make me not want kids more and more

June 13, 2007
6:04 am

Dana said:

not having to schedule a hot bath

June 13, 2007
10:40 am

Char said:

You must be reading my mind - I had something similar planned for today’s post.

I miss my body.

I miss being able to have cereal for dinner if I wanted to and not feeling guilty about it.

I miss the silence.

I miss being able to pop in to Starbucks or any place like that, too. You can’t just pop in anywhere with three kids in tow.

June 13, 2007
12:06 pm

Mike said:

I miss the constant date nights to the movie theater that we would plan at any given moment.

June 13, 2007
12:17 pm

naughtywill said:

Waking up early I can deal with. Before I was a stay@ home dad I had to be at work at 4am anyway. The not being able to go out on a moments notice I can deal with (kinda). The lack of a sex life I cannot deal with. I also miss those nights of staying up till the crack of dawn partying hard and playing video games. Also the housework thing. It drives me nuts to spend damn near 3 hours cleaning and tiding(sp) only to have it all destroyed in less than 20 minutes. However,like was said before, NEVER in a million years would I want to trade for it now.

June 13, 2007
1:25 pm

Kitwench said:

Wow- I don’t miss any of these things.
I always had roomates, so I’m used to locking my door for sex… I still sleep nude and so does my hubby, I use the bathroom in peace and I always used vacation time for amusement parks anyways,lol !
I am told I am stricter than most parents by some, and too much of a kid myself by others - so I guess I found the happy medium !

June 13, 2007
6:24 pm

BeachMama said:

You need a drive thru! One opened very close to my place (5 min. drive) last Summer and oh how I love it. J actually gets upset that we don’t go inside more, he loves the Jazz music and sitting in the comfy chairs. I love drinking my Chai in the car and enjoying it.

June 13, 2007
11:23 pm

PeachySwamiMommy said:

Love reading the posts–and AGREEING with each and every one. As I have passed the decade mark and beyond as SAHM and this parenting thing…I am sad to say that I am once again approaching the “freedom” that comes around once your tweens/teens realize that they’d rather spend time with their peers than their parents! Yikes. I relish every opportunity that they want to share with me, for I know they are treasures which will not last forever.

That being said: I do love my Grande NonFat Mocha Valencia’s; after dropping the girls off at school!! LOL

June 14, 2007
3:12 am

Karen said:

Great post! The one thing about those Starbucks treats I don’t mind not having around are all those calories!!! But they are absolutely divine aren’t they?
Along with the obvious couple nights, (when candles don’t equate with birthday cakes!) the one thing I really miss is a full night’s uninterrupted sleep. And I don’t expect to get those back until the kids are married and have their own kids!

June 14, 2007
2:08 pm

Daisy said:

Starbucks without kids costs me less. When my kids are with me, I have to get two smoothies along with my coffee. I must say, though, it’s not a bad deal. It keeps us all happy.

June 15, 2007
1:51 am

Mary said:

I can’t go to starbucks without Anna wanting something too. And if Anna gets some, it’s not fair for Emma . :( So I don’t always go.

Life before kids? Was me pining away for kids. :D

June 25, 2007
6:01 pm

Abby said:

Hello! I can totally relate! I used to say “Before Kids…” so often I started a giftware company using the tagline “Before Kids…”

Before Kids… I slept late.
Before Kids… whine was a beverage.
Before Kids… three in bed was risque.

How life has changed - but I wouldn’t change a thing!

June 25, 2007
6:04 pm

Kitty said:

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