20 signs that you’re a parent and your care free-days are over

Parenting days

When you become a parent your whole life changes and your care-free lifestyle is just a distant memory.

You’re no longer just in charge of yourself, your little bundles of joy become your main priority and your needs take a back seat.

You know this applies to you when…

The 10pm showing of a new movie is too late for date night.

Your child has a better shoe collection than you do.

You really enjoy the five minutes’ peace you get when you go to the toilet (if you’re lucky enough to go alone).

Poop, pee and sick no longer phase you.

You’ve been watching Paw Patrol or Bubble Guppies for at least half an hour after the kids have gone to bed before you realise.

You consider 7am sleeping in.

You can imagine nothing worse than waking up with a hangover on a Sunday.

You bought a car solely because you can fit the car seat in the back and there is plenty room in the boot, not because you liked how it looked.

You consider Frankie and Benny’s or Pizza Hut fine dining.

When you meet your friends for lunch you all just talk about your kids (if you even have time to meet them).

Late night snacks are not what they used to be and you end up munching on Petit Filous, Cheese Strings and Rusks.

Paper plates are your new best friend as you’re usually too tired or busy to do the dishes.

You worry. A lot. About everything.

You hate weekends away with your other half because you worry about leaving your child at home.

You have to apologise to friends for the mess of your car which you planned on cleaning three weeks ago but never got around to it.

Your bag is filled with the essentials: baby wipes, nappies, snacks and bottles. Gone are the days you could leave the house with what you were wearing.

Your laundry basket is never empty for more than five seconds.

A 15-minute shower with the door locked feels like a day at the spa.

You’d rather go to sleep than have sex.

You’ve never felt a love like this and that makes everything else well worth it.

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