Saturday THEN vs. NOW –
THEN: Sleep late into the morning, with sunlight being the only disruption to your slumber.
NOW: Be woken up at the crack of dawn by your first born disruption. Sunlight is the least of your worries.
THEN: Run errands or not. Maybe take a solo trip to the mall to shop for yourself, if you want.
NOW: Run everywhere. Dance class, sports practices, food store. Wish for a solo trip to the bathroom, but not get it.
THEN: Enjoy an afternoon nap alone. Wake up feeling refreshed.
NOW: Fight with kids to take a nap and finally surrender as the acceptable “nap window“ closes. Feel more exhausted than before.
THEN: Spend evening relaxing and leisurely getting ready for a night out.
NOW: Spend evening listening to children bickering and whining about being hungry. Rush to get dinner made for family.
THEN: Dinner reservations at 7:30pm. Ready to start the night.
NOW: Everyone in pajamas by 8:00pm. Hoping bedtime is sooner rather than later.
THEN: By 10:00pm head to a bar for after-dinner drinks. Look forward to hours of talking, music and/or dancing.
NOW: By 10:00pm head to bed with children in tow. Look forward to hours of co-sleeping while dodging little elbows and feet to the face.
THEN: Can’t imagine anywhere you’d rather be.
NOW: Can’t imagine anywhere you’d rather be.