Jay and I still have a few friends in the world who don't have kids yet. When we talk, the conversations usually go something like this:
Me: "How are things with you?"
Them: "Oh great! Last weekend we jumped on a plane, went skiing in Colorado, and got serious hangovers from all the wine we drank. It was awesome. What did you do last weekend?"
Me: "Oh, I had a great weekend too. Jay and the kids played in the basement and I was so excited, I got to mop the kitchen! Then we watched Spongebob and hung out on the couch."
Me: [attempting to fill the akward silence] "Oh, but you don't understand. It was so great because no one was sick the whole weekend and we barely had to put the kids in time out. Sam colored the wall but luckily it was washable marker, and Addi ran down the street but she had on pants, unlike last time, so it wasn't a huge deal."
Them: "I'm never having kids."
If you are a parent, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. Having kids changes your life in ways you'd never have thought of or imagine. Your body, your house, your food, it all changes. It's totally worth it of course - but I just laugh at my childless friends who are total control freaks about their house. Honestly, most days I'm thrilled if I can do the dishes, let alone remove the stuffed animals from my bed before going to bed. It can get a little frustrating at times and it's hard to see what's important.
Like today. I went into the girls' bathroom to get their toothpaste. And found this: