There’s lots of things you’ll discover about being a parent. So many ways that you life will never be the same. Changes you will make to your life without so much as a thought about it. Some of them you’ll think back on and wonder how the transition happened so effortlesly. Sometimes you’ll look back and wonder how one little creature could have such a huge impact on certain aspects or habits of your life…
The most common question I’ve found myself asking is in a group setting where we’ve spent the entire time talking about J or things child related…What did we used to have conversations about before we were parents?
But the one that caught me most by surpise? As a parent, your bathroom and personal hygene routine will never be the same!
Ever pooped with your little one sitting on your lap? If you’re a parent (especially a mom), your answer is probably yes!
Yup…never thought you’d cross that line…sure, when you got married you stopped making the effort to close the bathroom door when you pee…but you’d never put that in the same category as letting another person sit on your lap while you pooed.
I’d never really thought about the oddness of this particular new habit until a friend of mine asked if I’d ever peed with J on my lap…ooohh if only that were the extent of it! Maybe you could avoid doing this if you were at home where you could stash the kiddo somewhere safe while you relieved yourself…but what about when you’re at the store by yourself? They don’t have child holders in the stalls so you can use both hands to use the potty…so you get really good at using one hand to do your business and the other to hold your little one – who’s too big to be in a carseat and too little to not wander out of the stall while you’re stuck on the toilet! Oh the conundrum of being a parent!
There’s also the showering with the door open or the little one in the boucy seat right outside the curtain…the getting dressed or undressed with a constant audience…and every other possible thing that you’d normally try and keep “in private” suddenly becomming a 2+ person job.
Ain’t it grand 🙂