“Enjoy going out now!”
“You’ll miss sleeping in!”
“See you in 18 years!”
Being a mother has changed me. Gone are the days where I could stay up late binge-watching Netflix, or going to a late night movie with my husband. Doing laundry once a week doesn’t work anymore. Making sure the house is spotless and the sink is empty just isn’t as high on my priority list.
Do I miss those things? Sure. Would I trade being a mother for any of them? Not in a million years.
I now completely understand why my best friend, Erin, couldn’t hang out as much as we used to. She got married at 18, and became a mother for the first time when we were 20! She now has 3 little ones, foster kids, and is in the process of adopting.
I have one 9 month old girl, and I’m lucky to get a shower every day!
My husband and I continually remind ourselves that this is just a season. Our baby won’t be little forever. If I have to miss late night fondue, happy hour with my girlfriends, or the new Divergent movie, that’s okay.
My true friends know my heart, and that I am there for them when they need me. Having a girls’ night is definitely a must, even if they don’t happen as often as they used to. Texting helps me stay connected, even if I end up responding two days later.
Daily I remind myself that my little girl is growing up. While I might not do all of the things I used to, I know that I’m exactly where I need to be.
“Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.”
– Andy Stanley