People say that life changes after you have a baby. It’s the most clichéd of all the parenting clichés, though oftentimes I find clichés are so for a reason. They’re usually true.
So, yes — life has changed since my eldest was born four and a half years ago. But truth be told, these days I can barely remember what it was like before kids.
I have vague recollections of doing things on a Friday night simply because it was Friday night. With boozy lunches turning into drunken dinner parties morphing into a dirty kebab shortly before midnight. I also have memories of a clean car unencumbered by odd socks and ‘artwork’ from childcare.
One of the things I remember most clearly is the feeling of leaving the house with nothing but the keys, the phone and a wallet. But those days are well and truly gone.
Now, I’m nothing short of a Sherpa for my small people. I have cavernous handbags full of life’s necessities, the odd luxury or two, and a half eaten muesli bar.
Peek into my handbag and here is what you’ll find.
1. Hand sanitiser.
I’m not a germ-a-phobe by any stretch of the imagination, but there are times your kids will stick their hands in something that you don’t want to think too hard about.
Thank You hand sanitiser, like all things in the Thank You line, is ethically sourced and it also helps to fund sanitation programs for people in need.
2. Daily Balance.
The Daily Juice Company’s new Daily Balance is a great alternative to juice. It has half the sugar you’ll find in a regular Juice and 100% of their daily vitamin C requirements. It can also be an occasional serve of fruit. I always need something in my handbag that I won’t have to feel guilty about feeding to the kids.
3. Wet ones mini pack.
I’m not sure I’ll ever come to grips with the mess kids can make when they eat. How did you get a noodle between your toes while wearing shoes and socks child? My mum always had Wet Ones in her handbag. Now I always have Wet Ones in mine. If only the kids would sit still so I could wipe their gorgeous babyccino covered faces.