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"Don’t be confused, that’s the same person you are seeing. On the left, that’s t
"Don’t be confused, that’s the same person you are seeing. On the left, that’s the me before I became a mom. Oh, how I remember her...

She had endless time to get ready, put on makeup, fix her hair—and even coordinate outfits with jewelry. She even had time to go the beach and get a tan.

Then, there’s the mom version of me...

The one that walks in the department store, heads straight for the yoga pants and cosmetics counter and says, 'I need all your wrinkle cream and concealer that can hide the fact that I haven’t slept in seven years, now.'

The one that walks out of the house with mismatched everything (including random items in her hair), isn’t sure she owns any jewelry other than her wedding ring (because toddlers have used her bracelets as a slingshot), and feels like Target is her girls' night out.

But I honestly don’t miss her, the old me, the one before I became a mom...

She had no clue how to Netflix and chill, she was always on the go, always much too busy. She blew money on makeup and clothes and fancy dinners and nights out with friends. She truly didn’t understand the fun the lies in the aisles of Target on a Friday night at 9 p.m.

So, young girls, soak up all that free time and take lots of pictures because one day you will look back and realize how truly boring you were before kids. You’ll realize you never knew the true meaning of friendship until you see someone love your kids as much as they love their own or the ones that turn a blind eye to those laundry piles.

One day you will understand why that mom you always saw eating alone at a restaurant while you were with your friends you once thought was so lame, you will get it that sometimes eating alone is the best thing of all.

Enjoy the younger years but know that the best ones are yet to come!

Credit: Grief To Hope with Nikki Pennington

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