After the merriness of the holidays has passed, you're left with winter. Dark, dreary, cold winter. Once upon a time, you may have described this time as cozy, or even fun. But when you have kids, January, February, and March take on a whole new meaning.
Here are the differences between winter when you were childless and winter now. (Note: You may want to go stock up on the wine.)
Before Kids: You'd stay in bed as long as you could in the mornings, because SO. COLD.
Now: You're woken up earlier than ever by kids who are telling you they're cold.
Before Kids: You were known to go on a few baking sprees, because what's cozier than warm cookies and a house that smells of cinnamon?
Now: If baking means watching two kids fight over who gets to pour in the chocolate chips and cleaning a floor full of flour. Then, yeah. You "bake."
Before Kids: You'd meet friends for brunch or for a cozy dinner out.
Now: Your playdate plans are constantly falling through because someone's always sick.
Before Kids: You lit a few candles and curled up by the fire with a glass of wine, soaking in all the season had to offer.
Now: You spend your time trying to keep the kids away from the fire (even if it isn't lit), counting down the minutes until this god-forsaken, everyone's-stuck-inside season is over. But yes, there's still wine. Lots of wine.
Before Kids: You'd go for the occasional post-snow walk, looking all cute, bundled up in your coat and scarf.
Now: You spend 30 minutes dressing the kids to go outside in the snow, 10 minutes outside with them, then another five cleaning up spilled, post-snow hot cocoa.
Before Kids: You'd take a last-minute, get-out-of-the-cold getaway to a tropical island.
Now: You take a thoroughly-planned, get-out-of-the-cold getaway to the warmest, cheapest, family-friendliest place you can find. And you pray no one gets sick right before you leave.
Before Kids: You'd always buy yourself a cute new pair of boots or a chunky sweater.
Now: You haven't bought yourself boots or sweaters in years, because your kids outgrow their clothes every five minutes!
Before Kids: You loved staying home, padding around the house in sweats and eating comfort food.
Now: You're counting down the days until spring because your stir-crazy kids are driving you nuts!
Before Kids: You got one, maybe two colds each year.
Now: You and your kids are sick so often the pediatrician's office has dedicated the waiting room to you.
Before Kids: Magical.
Now: Your kids think it's magical. And that, you realize, makes it all the more magical for you.