I am a strong believer in not forgetting yourself once you have children. I know people say, "you won't understand until you have kids. I disagree. I grew up in a pretty large family, and despite my mom and dad splitting up when I was still quite young, both of my parents managed to not lose themselves within parenting.
I guess this post is coming from the frustration I have felt all through my pregnancy, with people telling me that I won't have a life anymore, or I'll have no time for myself, or to work out, or finish school, or work, or play, or go on vacation. I was so shocked at the negativity I got from other parents... like being a parent was some sort of sentence or time you had to serve in jail. I am not pointing out anyone specifically, just in general.
Well I am here to point out that I disagree. Yes, that may be my opinion, and yes I don't have children, yet (one month to go), but I think I have seen enough from personal experience. My mom had 5 kids. She continued to get a degree in accounting, travel, and nursing. She loved to go on vacations ever since we were little. She took time to go out with her girl friends, and took time to herself. The time she wasn't doing all these things was spent closely with us (her children). She made it a point to involve us in every part of her life she could, and she was very capable of doing many things she loved, WITH children. Same with my dad. He pursued his business and happened to be very successful, he enjoyed traveling all over the world, and in the united states (in which he took us along), he also loved boating and Lake Lanier in which he involved his children very much.
My point in this rant is that having children does not mean you stop having fun, stop enjoying your marriage, your life. Yeah you may lack energy for awhile, that doesn't last forever... I have every intention on finishing my degree, I have every intention to continue doing what I love, which yes includes working out on a daily basis, and all things outdoors. My child has every ability to do these things with me.
So if you get anything from this post, realize that I am not meaning to offend anyone who's opinion may be the opposite of mine, I am just defending my opinion.
I choose to see the glass as half full... not half empty.