Friday 5: 5 Things I Appreciate Now That I Am A Mom!

FRIDAY 5, PARENTING | | May 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm


The Mommy Niri Friday 5 Series, continues this Friday and yes I am late again but officially it is still Friday so no rules broken (yet). This Friday I wanted to take special note of many things that have been around for a while but have only garnered attention since I became a mom. Forgive the picture reuse, as my camera decided to crash on Mother’s Day! So here goes.

1.      The Drive-Thru, Firstly my biggest beef with it before was I hated the spelling. I know I am a spelling snob and my nieces tried to convince me of words being shortened as the hip-cool thing, I just feel many forget how the entire word is supposed to spelled. I digress, back to the topic at hand, I always felt the drive-thru was for lazy people and hardly ever used it. In fact I was pretty angry when Starbucks started featuring it. And then I had kids and my prejudice was a thing of history. I wish more stuff had drive-thru’s but read more about that in my post on 5 Parenting Wishes For Mommy Niri.

2.      Automatic Doors, Before I was a mom I thought nothing of opening doors to malls and buildings, ok maybe there were times I was slightly irritated at opening the door to see someone else brush past me to rush in, as if I was holding the door for them, and then there is that busy-talking-on-the-cell-phone-person that does that too, even when you ARE pregnant… ok, a moment to compose myself, now where was I? Oh, yes, I did not mind opening doors before but now with pushing a stroller or holding a bruising-my-arm-while-running-away child opening doors is kind of tricky.

3.      Larger bathroom stalls. Ok, confession here, I kind of always loved the big bathroom stalls but used them as a luxury and now look at them as a necessity. I mean it is literally a 3-ring circus when it is potty time. Not sure what thrills my daughters about being in a public restroom but all my “Don’t touch that!” commands are met with blank looks. With 2 girls and one mama in a bathroom, it gets a tad crowded in there.

4.      Minivans. Yes, I drive one. Stop that snickering! I heard that. With my Mother-in-law (read more on my post 5 Reasons I Love Living With My MIL) coming to live with us we needed it since nobody could fit between those huge car seats. Yes, I will hang my head in shame as to the fuel consumption (I promise we use it as little as we have to) but I stand up tall regarding the coolness factor. With me reeking of fruit juice and cheerios up to my armpits do you think I give a darn about coolness anymore?

5.      The Television. Ok, all you holier-than-thou moms who just got on their soap box to preach about the ill-effects of television let me reassure you that my kids only watch what I allow them (and been pre-screened by me) and only for the recommended 2 hours a day (contrary to what you may have read in my What Not To Say To SAHM post). Yes, and during those 2 hours I become giddy with delight as to what should I do. I find it difficult to decide whether I should have a blissful shower, eat a proper meal (maybe sit down too if I am lucky), maybe catch up on mount laundry or with my gal friend. Too often before I can choose anything the show is over!

What do you see different now?



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    Gina Chen says:

    Great list … One I’d add to the list is the ability to pay at the gas pump with a credit card. (So you don’t have to walk inside the gas station.)

    Now that my kids are older (9 and 6) it’s less of an issue. But it would have been a royal pain to wake a sleeping infant or toddler traipse inside the gas station, just to pay for gas.

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    Mommy Niri says:

    We have that here in Boston that you can always pay at the pump with a credit card

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