Someone on Facebook posed the question 'if you could go back to before you were pregnant, before you had any children, what would you do differently knowing what life is like once the kids have arrived?' I thought it was a really interesting question and it got me thinking about a lot of things.
I know a lot of people miss the partying and long lay ins (OK, I do miss having a lay in sometimes too) but that has never been the type of person that I am. Now that I have children, I realise that there were lots of little things that I just took for granted and never really thought about. For example, I can no longer simply walk out my front door and jump in the car. Leaving the house takes a good 20 minutes usually. The children need persuading to leave their toys, put on their shoes, nappies need to be checked, maybe a jumper needs to be put on, the dog needs to be let out then back in again, the toilet needs to be used and the changing bag needs to be checked and filled. I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff too!
The other thing I miss is being able to walk down to the pub in the evening. If the weather is nice, there's nothing better than sitting in the pub garden with a cold drink and just enjoying the evening and each other's company. Bliss!
But truly, there isn't much I'd do differently. Yes my life is utter chaos but secretly I like it that way. I was never going to be someone who had a pristine house - my mother will tell you how hideously untidy my bedroom ALWAYS was - or someone who was always 5 minutes early for a play date. I moan and stress out that I'm constantly on the go but I hate it when there's nothing going on and nowhere for us to be. For me, life is pretty perfect.