Our weekly columnist reflects on how life has changed since becoming a mum, and attends the Tommy's Awards 2015
There are times when I look round at the twenty-somethings in my office and feel ancient. When did I become the boring one that rarely goes on nights out because she’d rather be at home putting the kids to bed before settling down on the sofa with a glass of wine?
If you knew me BC (before children) you’d know that I was no stranger to nights out. In fact, I was quite the social butterfly. So why the change? The truth is that having a family changes everything and it’s one of those boring, you won’t get it until you go through it things. No matter how much you protest that you won’t change when a small person arrives in your life, you always do. And that’s no bad thing.
As much as I like my colleagues, I spend all day with them. Plus I’m not a fan of crowded pubs with nowhere to sit and overpriced drinks. Instead I’ll channel my working mum guilt into rushing home to spend quality time with my family. As I’ve been told plenty of times by those older and wiser, time goes by so fast and these early years are precious. Yes they are also frustrating and hard work, but that’s all part and parcel of being a parent. And possibly why wine was invented.
There are some parents out there who know better than most just how precious their children are. I was honoured to attend the annual Tommy’s Awards last week and met families whose little ones were born too soon. Hearing their emotional yet inspirational stories always puts things in perspective, and reaffirms that my family really is the most important thing in my life. Congrutulations to all the winners.
I also got to catch up with other Tommy’s supporters, including fellow TV presenter Vicki Butler-Henderson. We actually met at hospital antenatal classes and have been close friends ever since. And as it was a lunchtime event I was home in plenty of time to collect the boys from nursery and swap back into mummy mode, making sure to give Ethan and Logan extra cuddles.
How long has it been since you have had a 'night off'? Are you still a social butterfly since becoming a parent? Let us know by commenting below...
Kirsty McCabe writes her weekly column here on www.juniormagazine.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter: @juniormagazine to keep up with the latest news
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