Of all the things that surprised me the most when I had my children, it wasn’t the sleepless nights, the explosive nappies, nor the incessant crying that just never ends. It was the fact that being a parent ages you – dramatically!! And I don’t just mean visibly (although looking at my grey hair and the lines on my face then yes, that too!), I mean that it ages you as a person, your likes and dislikes, your fashion sense, your taste in music, even your hobbies.
You find yourself going from a young, care-free, Prosecco swilling, short skirt wearing, party animal, ball of fun into sitting on your couch on a Saturday night, wearing your fleece pyjamas (bought from Marks & Spencers, naturally!), with a blanket tucked over your legs so you don’t catch a chill, sucking on an Imperial Mint whilst watching random documentaries about the discovery of a rare form of algae, moaning about the price of petrol.
And before you know it, you have surpassed the point of turning into your parents, and you have become…..The Grandparents!!
I asked a group of bloggers about the Granny-esque things that they do since becoming a parent, and it was a comfort to know I’m not alone!
Knitting, crochet and sewing are definitely on my list – I took up learning them when pregnant with Lily as I wanted to make her a blanket and some baby things and it’s spiralled from there. I got an allotment plot last year too – it’s so satisfying growing your own! Also – is there anything better than getting in bed with a book and a cup of tea or a bit of afternoon Tipping Point?
Alex at Better Together Home
I totally have a hot chocolate & a hot water bottle when I go to bed and read my book!
Sarah at Whimsical mumblings
Once we’ve put Sophie to bed, we make dinner and sit down to watch Emmerdale together!
Emma at Sophie, Ella and me
I love going to a garden centre for a day out! Literally, best places ever with a toddler!
Gemma at Life is Knutts
Specifically looking for pubs where you can find a seat and the music isn’t too loud when you’re able to enjoy a rare night out!
Samantha at North East Family Fun
Your idea of a wild Friday night is spending it in IKEA: I’m not complaining at all, IKEA is heaven for us ‘oldies’.
Kirsty at Life with boys
Having a bath and making to bed before ten is a real treat now I’m a mum! In the past, if I was getting out of a bath just before ten it would be because I was going somewhere cool at 11!
Jenny at Accidental Hipster Mum
Going to bed at 8.30pm and playing scrabble in the evening – bring on the zimmerframe!
Talya at Motherhood the Real Deal
I love taking a flask of coffee out with us on a day out!
Debbie at My Boys Club
Going for ‘a drive’ on a Sunday. We always did this as kids and now we do it with ours – sometimes just to see where we end up!
Gemma at Somewhere after the rainbow
Since I’ve become a parent, I’ve completely turned into my dad. Every time my son drops his T’s I tell him that this word has a T in it – blah blah yawn yawn! I honestly sound just like my dad did 30 years ago! I cringe every time I correct my son too!
Emma at Me & B Make Tea
I listen to the Archers on BBC Radio4 , while baking fruit cake , while wearing a pink frilly apron. Forget about turning into your my mum, I skipped a generation and have turned into my Granny.
Becci at The UnNatural Mother
My underwear is now comfortable rather cute. Large knickers over something skimpy now!
Amy at Amy & Tots
Choosing coats based upon the number and size of pockets and how waterproof/machine washable it is. I was very pleased when the parka became fashionable!
Samantha at Porridge & Parenting
I always wear a coat out lol. I never did when I was younger especially when going out clubbing or drinking!
Kerry at All about a mini Norris
When you google “comfy flat shoes” instead of high heels!
Beth at Twinderelmo
Taking a sensible bag out with me to fit everything in. Even on a night out to dinner I no longer own a clutch bag!!!
Laura at Dear Bear and Beany
So the next time you find yourself enjoying an episode of The Antiques Roadshow, or getting excited over a game of Dominoes, just remember that it comes to us all eventually…..just for us parents, a little sooner than expected!