Life sure has changed a lot since my son, Abel, was born last May. Actually, I'm pretty sure the transformation began while I was pregnant. Either way, it's safe to say that a few of our standards are now rare occurrences and things we did occasionally no longer stand a chance. Here are five things we said and did with whimsy pre-baby, but no longer even dare to utter: 

"Turn up the TV." You're more likely to hear my husband and I say, "Turn on the subtitles!" these days. Even though our son isn't super-sensitive to noise, I remain paranoid that we'll wake him up. If he's asleep, you can pretty much bet the television volume is down really low and subtitles are turned on.

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"Let's have a bottle of wine with dinner." Don't get me wrong, we still imbibe as we please, but I can no longer manage more than two small glasses without feeling either tipsy or guilty. I'm officially a lightweight.

"Roadtrip!!!" I have absolutely no problem traveling with my kid, but gone are the days of spur of the moment roadtrips and overnight stays. There's way too much planning necessary when traveling with a baby for us to even consider winging it. 

"Let's go to the movies." We've been to the movies exactly once since the birth of our son. We LOVE movies, but it's friggin' hard to find a babysitter, especially if we don't plan it like two weeks in advance. And if we do make it out, you better believe we'll be at the matinee and not the post-dinner showing.

"Wanna get together for dessert?" Yeah, you know what, my kid behaves pretty decently when we go out, but I'd rather not push it by starting an outing at or even near bedtime. That brownie sundae is just really not worth a bedtime battle. "Are you opposed to having dessert before dinner?" I'm not--that we can handle.

"It's so good to be just the two of us!" Despite how quickly our former way of life has disappeared, neither I nor my husband would have it any other way. All the fun of our past life doesn't even compare to the joy our son brings each of us on a minute-to-minute basis. He is worth every sacrifice--the big ones and the little ones.

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Shayne Rodriguez Thompson is a full-time wife, full-time mom, and freelance journalist trying to balance it all and looking forward to exploring the world with her son and husband. In her rare spare moments, she's a pop culture junkie and kitchen devotee who makes a mean cupcake!

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Kgmmw
So true you don't really hear those things after kids
angie007

yea after baby so many things change

glamo...

Good buy nice small sports car, hello miinivan :( lol

Mamis...
Lol at the sports car comment. I loved my two door cars before mommy days but I've been pushing the soccer mom van so many years now it's become part of me, lol. I agree with a lot of these and my children aren't even babies anymore. We do Netflix movies, homemade desserts, and planned outings. It's such a life change but the memories are priceless.
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