#10: My doggies that were once my babies are now my pets. They are still so special to me, but they definitely got a demotion, which is still surprising to Diego who still insists that he deserves a place in our bed.
#9: Other people's kids still annoy me, but a lot less than they used to. And the mom with all the stuff on the airplane OR the crying child? totally different perspective now.
#8: I can be completely content sitting on the floor playing with child's toys, balls, or just watching Xavi be "busy" with his toys.
#7: Boobs no longer mean what they used to mean...and I've nursed in more public places than I thought I would AND in front of people that I swore I would never nurse in front of.
#4: I can survive and function (how well may be a matter of debate) on a lot less sleep than I used to think I required. I still don't really know what it's like to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, but the 5-6 that I do get is cherished and hallowed time.
#3: I have gone one year eating NO chips and salsa, NO onion or garlic (except on accident), two bites of ice cream, and minimal candy or products with corn syrup in them (well, until this halloween). It's surprised me how easy it was to give up foods that cause a significant and noticeable reaction in another human being. Ingestion and breast feeding of certain foods causes a chain reaction of sleep interruption and constant crying/whining with no poop in the pants to blame it on. How much easier to choose healthy foods if our bodies cried, whined, and kept you up at night complaining about what certain substances are doing to us internally? Now my Guiness? That's another story...mmmm, beer!
#1: And the number one thing that surprises me most about being a mom? My dream car is either Mario's tank of a truck Land Cruiser (although it is currently sunbathing in Hawaii) OR a sweet, souped up MINIVAN with automatic doors and easy to flip seats! (Yes, Uncle Mark, I owe you. I forgot what we bet but I remember swearing that I would NEVER own or drive a minivan...)