Last Friday night I was supposed to be going out with some friends from work for a meal and a few drinks as it was someone’s leaving do. Mr Frugal had to work until 9 o clock so rather than get someone round to look after the kids, I said that I’d miss the meal and meet up with everyone afterwards when he could take over babysitting duties.
Except by the time it came to half past eight when I should have been starting to get myself ready to go out, I really just couldn’t be bothered! I’d had a cheeky glass (or two) of wine in preparation for my night out and I was snuggled up sleepily under a blanket on the settee in my pyjamas after having a nice hot bubble bath.
I was in two minds at this point about whether to go but then Master Frugal came downstairs in tears as he’d had a bad nightmare. He snuggled in with me under my blanket and I put off getting ready for another five minutes so we could have a cuddle. Next to make an appearance was Miss Frugal who could hear the police helicopter hovering outside somewhere (she hates it as she thinks it means there’s someone bad that the police are looking for). She snuggled in under the blanket as well so I put off getting ready for another five minutes.
We were still sat snuggled when Mr Frugal came in and by this time, I was so lovely and warm and happy snuggling my babies with absolutely no motivation to get up and get ready to go out. So, I didn’t. I stayed right where I was 😉
When I became a mother, my priorities changed although I didn’t realise just how completely until I sat down and started to write this post. These are just a few of the things that have changed….
- My ideal night changed from going out drinking to staying in and snuggling on the settee with my family.
- My favourite films went from edge of your seat horror movies to Disney films.
- My bedtime went from sometime around midnight to half ten being classed as a late night!
- My monthly pay day treat changed from a lovely new handbag for me to some sort of Lego purchase.
- My monthly pass to the local cinema was cancelled and now a family trip to the cinema is planned well advance as it costs almost the same as a weekly shop.
- Our twice a year holidays and last minute city breaks have changed to a week at Haven or Butlins. If we do manage to get abroad, I spend the whole time in a panic worrying in case the kids get sunburnt!
I’m sure there’s loads more but that’s all I can think of for now – what about you though. What’s the one thing you can think of that’s changed since you had children?