Pre and post-motherhood: the differences

Memory Pre-Motherhood:

I could walk from one room to another and know exactly why I was there. I put things where they belonged and I made complete sentences. My brain cells worked as a team.

Memory Post-Motherhood:

I walk into a room with a purpose and immediately forget what it is upon arrival. I put the milk in the cupboard and the cereal in the fridge. I hang up my phone to look for…my phone. I say three words of a sentence and lose my train of thought. Did I also give birth to my brain cells?

Leaving the House Pre-Motherhood:

I grabbed my bag and walked out the door.

Leaving the House Post-Motherhood:

“Do you have your lunch box, bag, homework, reading book, water bottles, ballet shoes, swimming kit, snack money, trip money, raffle ticket money? Why are your shoes on the wrong feet? Did you brush your teeth? Your top is on backwards, have you been to the toilet?” Do I also have the pushchair, baby carrier and change bag … tick … now where are the car keys?

Get in the car. “Why are you not wearing any shoes?”

buying for baby

Sleeping Pre-Motherhood:

I decided when and where and for how long.

Sleeping Post-Motherhood:

Largely non existent. A Disney movie is on. If I sit upright next to them, can I sneak a 15-minute nap? …no, as I will be asked to provide snacks and drinks on a regular basis and not doubt the post will arrive at some point and the phone will ring and one of the little ones will need a nappy change…and…

There’s always something that needs doing in the evenings, in-between those extra stories and bottom wipes, oh and those 20 million questions everyone has after the lights go out. Then a few hours later it’s time to peel open the eye lids again.

Emotions Pre-Motherhood:

Under control.

Emotions Post-Motherhood:

Let’s say…different!

having a baby

Evenings Pre-Motherhood:

Gym, dinner, relax, bed.

Evenings Post-Motherhood:

Race from one activity to the next, prepare for the next day, make dinner…wait are all the food groups represented? Time for baths! Just ONE bedtime story. Okay, two. Yes, I’ll tuck you in. Again. Of course you can have another goodnight kiss.

Body Fluids Pre-Motherhood:

Not my thing.

Body Fluids Post-Motherhood:

I’ve been peed on, pooed on, vomited on, and worn snot as an accessory. I’m also quite a professional when it comes to getting all of the above out of the rug, carpets and bedding. When asked …”is that a new perfume?” the response is always more likely to be “no it’s baby sick”.

planning for baby

Date Night Pre-Motherhood:

Let’s go.

Date Night Post-Motherhood:

Ask babysitter.
Leave a manual for each child.
Call or text every 20 minutes to see if everyone is ok.
Pay babysitter twice what dinner cost…glad we didn’t see a movie as well


  1. Hahaha! Yes, yes and YES! especial the train of thought mid-sentance. thankfully that's better now but I remember having the most hilarious conversations with my NCT friends – as we'd all just had babies we pretty much had to keep abandoning each conversation as we kept tailing off and forgetting what we were talking about! The emotions thing…can't say that's much better 😉

    thanks for linking up to #AllAboutyou xxx

  2. Thanks Hannah … yes remember that one well. Even when the memory improves you still never finish a conversation because someone will need, a drink, a bottom wiping or something else lol xxx

  3. yes and yes, to all of them…especially trying to leave the house (it takes us 15 minutes sometimes!) and bodily fluids…gross but it happens!! #TheList

  4. Haha, yes I can relate to your post. Getting to the gym via school run with everything I need is still my mission, forgot my top the other day!!

    Thanks for linking up to the weekend blog hop 🙂

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