Food: Before and After Children

As I write this, I am home from work with a sniffle, and M is at daycare. Now, let me put two and two together for you.


I AM ALONE.

So I have time to ponder while I take panadol and lie on the bed. I did the washing up and had a giggle to myself about how much our lives have changed since M turned up, and inevitably how much they'll change again. Namely, how we eat as a family.

Post fancy dinner cups of tea by the open fire at Cradle Mountain Lodge.


Dining Out
Before Kids:
Which restaurant shall we go to tonight? That fancy French one is always nice, and they're generous with their wine pours.
After Kids:
Quick! She's asleep! Pull into McDonalds! Go drive through - QUIIIIICK!

Fast Food
Before Kids:
But we had McDonalds LAST week. Can't we go to Hungry Jack's this time? Or maybe that new pizza joint?
After Kids:
Quick! She's asleep! Pull into McDonalds! Go drive through - QUIIIIICK!

Cooking at Home
Before Kids:
Do we have to make Spaghetti Bolognese tonight? We had Tacos two days ago, and they're kind of the same, you know, with mince?
After Kids:
Here! Spaghetti Bolognese! And it's unseasoned for Millie! Here's the salt and pepper if you want it. I'm going to bed.

Before Kids:
I don't want Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner tonight. We had it LAST night.
After Kids:
Oh yum! Dinner! Already cooked! Wheeee!

On Wine
Before Kids:
<perusing the bottle shop idly. Mr S in the Red Wine aisle, me in amongst the sweet whites.>
Me: Oh hey! Look! That wine we had at that fancy restaurant the other night for $85/bottle? It's here for only $45! Wow!
Mr S: BUY TWO!
After Kids:
Mr S: We've almost run out of wine leftover from the wedding. I really hope we see that Banrock Station on special for $6/bottle again soon.
Me: Still breastfeeding. Also, pregnant again. BUY SOME LEMONADE PLEASE.

Taking Wine To a Party
Before Kids:
Oh this is a nice vintage. And look, only $28!
After Kids:
We don't go out. Let alone to parties.

On Food and Hygiene
Before Kids:
Oh yuck! That knife fell on the floor for a second. The cat has walked on that floor. Get a new knife!
After Kids:
Millie, what are you eating? A biscuit? When did you last have a biscuit.... yesterday perhaps? Whatever. I washed the floors yesterday... I think.

On Baking
Before Kids:
Mr S: Can you make those yum chocolate chip biscuits again this week? They were so good I ate six at a time and they're all gone.
Me: Sure thing! I'll use the Lindt chocolate again!
After Kids:
Mr S: Can you buy me some Tim Tams please? I saw them on special for $2.
Me: Sure thing!

Cups of Tea
Before Kids:
Oh lovely! Piping hot cup of tea!
After Kids:
OUCH! Tea too hot! I'm so used to it being lukewarm now.

Before Kids:
Tea is not hot enough. Tip it out. MAKE ANOTHER.
After Kids:
Oh look! Tea! I forgot about that! *gulp*

Chocolate
Before Kids:
I'm going to lie here on the couch in silence, taking miniscule bites of my chocolate so it lasts forever.
After Children:
Cannot type, for Millie has wandered out of the room and I am busy eating chocolate at the speed of light before she comes back into the room. Will not share, IT IS MINE, and besides, chocolate isn't great for kiddies, you know?

How has your food life changed after kids?