I really am a changed woman. Before I had kids, I was so much fun! I was all, "Hey! Coast Guard party!" And the Coasties were all, "Hey! Tiecen's here and her stomach is so flat!" And my brothers were all, "Thank you for letting us come over tonight! You're so cool!"
Then, I had Olivia. And my stomach was noticeably less flat but I was still pretty fun. I was all, "Me and 7 of my girlfriends are gonna go walk 5 miles, by the beach, in less than an hour, at 6 am, while pushing strollers!" And my best friend, Nikole was all, "Come over after you get the baby to bed and we'll paint our nails and watch a movie." And my brothers were all, "I'm gonna go out to a club downtown tonight and I'll come over to your house after so we can hang out til 3 in the morning."
Then I had Ruby. And my stomach had drifted pretty far from what one would call flat, but I was heading back to my old, fun self pretty quickly. Then, when she was two weeks old, BAM! I had a pulmonary embolism (blood clots to my lungs). I spent the past year getting better and I think I'm pretty much fully recovered (with some residual damage), but things just aren't the same. I'm all, "Wow! I really wanna stay up 'late" to finish watching Hocus Pocus on the Disney Channel but I'm just not gonna make it." And Nikole's all, "Sweetie, you're so tired, let me paint your nails for you and you can head home before dinner." And my brothers are all, "I'll come over on Sunday afternoon before I head out with my friends."
And I'm all, "Yeah! I made it through the entire level 3 of Sweatin' to the Oldies!" And Nikole's all, "Let's stop a minute so you can catch your breath." And Gabe's all, "Babe, you look so cute when you wear my sweats."
I'm a changed woman. But they are so, so, so worth it.