My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Monday, 19 September 2011

The things I miss ....

Hi all - Mummy Munchkin here. I'm hijacking Munchkin's blog to do a post of my own whilst she's not looking and busy playing Dora the Explorer on the iPhone!!!

I was browsing the chat boards on Gurgle this morning and saw that one of the popular chat topics was "What you miss most about life before babies". I thought about it, and as much as I adore my little girl and would never be without her now, I think every parent could think of (at least) one thing that they miss, something you enjoyed doing which isn't as easy to do since the arrival of your children. After all, they say that your life will never be quite the same after childbirth, and they're certainly right!!

Bumbo came everywhere with us for a time! Just in case there was an absence of highchairs! 

I miss things that I used to do before Munchkin but I also miss my baby bump! I had a horrendous pregnancy, and being so short, I was enormous! It was almost easier to step over me than take a trek around me!! I had problems with my back and hips and found general mobility really difficult. But for some insane reason, I miss it!! I miss the excitement of the pregnancy, not knowing whether she would be a girl or a boy, walking around Mothercare wide-eyed with a fluttery tummy, suddenly taking notice of the TV adverts for baby toys and accessories, I miss it all!

Our 12 week scan of Munchkin!

However, one thing I really miss from my life before Munchkin is spontaneity! Since she has been in our lives, I have become very much a creature of habit and routine. I need to know what we have planned in advance and try to plan our every movement perfectly. AND I HATE IT!!! I wish I could be more relaxed about having a disrupted routine, but if things change with little notice, I fret that the whole day will be a disaster!! I miss hearing my partner say, "What do you fancy doing today?" and being able to just throw on a pair of shoes and go wherever the mood takes us! Now we think about feeds, change of clothes, comforters, favourite toys, Calpol and a curfew so we don't miss bedtime!

All ready to go out, probably following 3 hours of preparation!
We would take regular trips to London, spending time on the Southbank and sticking around for an 'Al Fresco' dinner wherever we fancied. Now we have other considerations ... do they have highchairs? Baby changing facilities? A children's menu? Space for the buggy? I would never see Munchkin as a burden, and these considerations are not a problem at all. It's just how things change, and she is worth every single extra thought! Now that she is nearly 2, we are starting to find it easier to take her to places that we used to love before she was born, and now we see these places in a completely different way. Almost through Munchkin's eyes. We appreciate our family days out in a very different way now and can enjoy them for a whole bunch of new reasons as we watch Munchkin grow to appreciate them too!

A whole new reason to enjoy our days out!

Would love to hear about the things that you miss about life before your babies!!


  1. Aww cute post! I had pretty rubbish pregnancies but I kinda miss being pregnant. I loved my bump (both times) and there is something lovely about having your baby all to yourself for those months. I don't miss much about being child free, although I used to love the odd lazy day watching tv in bed. No chance of that now ;)

  2. Oh 'can't-be-bothered-to-cook Friday nights at the local wine bar' how I miss you! Almost as much as I miss 'what's-on-telly-nothing-lets-go-to-the-flicks' Sunday afternoons. And although I had painful pregnancies too, I did miss the kicks for ages!