You know you’re a mom when……..

Only after a child you realise there’s things you cannot do that you used to do when you were single. Your life changes completely, from your dressing to your daily schedule. So I decided to make a list of things that changed for me ever since Kitana was born.


I know I’m a mom because…

1. I tip toe in my bedroom at night while baby is sleeping.
2. I whisper while talking on the phone when I’m next to a sleeping baby.
3. My shower time has shortened as a crying toddler standing outside the shower door invading my privacy.
4. When I’m in the toilet, I have a curious toddler trying to see what’s in between my legs.
5. I’m sitting on the toilet pan and… Suddenly hear the toilet flush.
6. My breasts are always exposed and I think nothing of it.
7. Sleeping in till late has become a dream…
8. I start yawning around 8pm or fall asleep while making baby sleep.
9. I have toys by my pedestal or a teddy bear in my blanket.
10. I find missing items in the pot plants.

11. Alone time with my husband is a rare occasion.
12. I sleep with 1 leg sticking out of the bed.
13. My tissue box has very little unused tissues.
14. My lip-gloss has become mushy.
15. I have a tiny person following me everywhere I go.
16. Watching cartoons as become my favourite program.
17. I have a curfew while on date night with my husband.
18. Clubbing? What’s that?
19. I comb my hair once a week.
20. I live in pjs.

21. I bath at odd times.
22. I find my makeup in the toy box.
23. I have eyes in the back of my head.
24. I’m forever screaming…
25. My favourite song on the iPod is from frozen.
26. I sit in the back seat of the car next to a screaming toddler who refuses to sit in the car seat.
27. Most of my clothes are stretched or have stains.
28. 1 earring is somewhere in my bag while the other is on my ear.
29. As soon as I hear a cry, I get the adrenaline rush to wake up and run towards my toddler to see what happened.
30. I hate the person who rings the doorbell while my toddler is asleep…

31. If I don’t change the toilet paper roll, it doesn’t get changed.
32. I wish there was drive through everything.
33. I have an entire Pinterest board full of crafts for toddlers.
34. I tell myself pizza has all the food groups.
35. Some days I just want to quit motherhood.
36. My Instagram stream reads like a love letter to Kitana.
37. I carry spare clothes in my handbag. By “handbag” I actually mean “diaper bag.”
38. I can change a diaper in the pitch dark.
39. I know how badly stepping on a piece of Lego can hurt.
40. When I put my shoes on, Kitana thinks we going out.


Facebook Comments

Hi, I’m Shan. I’m a wife, mom to 3 kids and a businesswoman who works from home and gets very little sleep at night. My days are filled with dirty diapers and toddler tantrums, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I am in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Forbes Africa 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


  1. Mishka
    2014-09-01 / 22:52

    So true

  2. 2014-09-01 / 23:04

    Ha ha! These are great, I literally found myself thinking number 32 today!

  3. 2014-09-10 / 12:47

    Pahahahaha! Amen I hear you on every single one! I cant wait to take back my dignity and get rid of number 37

  4. shelahmoss
    2014-09-12 / 16:47

    Well, if I didn’t know I was a mom before, your list confirms it. Great post!

  5. 2014-09-12 / 17:51

    How funny! This was like a walk down Memory Lane! Great post!

  6. 2014-09-14 / 14:46

    I wish there was drive through everything! Yes!!! A great list. Every one was true.

  7. 2014-09-14 / 19:10

    My mom found all of her silverware in potted plants when we were staying over one weekend (actually some had been turfed out the window into her garden – the outdoor version of a potted plant, lol). Frozen is our favourite music outside of anything from Pharrell (frozen is my 2.5 year old’s fave, Pharrell my 15 month old’s). I too live in pjs and MAN DO I EVER WISH EVERYTHING had a DRIVE-THRU!!!! Great post 🙂

  8. Heather
    2014-11-07 / 21:26

    You have captured it so well. 🙂 I find things in odd places too.

  9. Natalie
    2015-05-26 / 12:44

    oh how i wish no 4 would come to an end.

  10. 2015-05-26 / 21:21

    Lol omw i can so relate to all of these. Absolutely me

  11. lameez
    2015-11-19 / 16:31

    This is so so true, when I put my twin girls asleep I have this habbit to freeze for a while then move slow out all of sudden I run to tell everyone to shh..keep quite . When I am exhausted and my boys shout mommy and in seconds I jump up in a flash!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *