12 Simple Pleasures That Become Extraordinary Indulgences When You're a Mom

Who knew these everyday occurrences could feel like mini vacations?

By Jeanne Sager

Motherhood is a lot of hurry up and wait. Hurry them out the door. Wait for them to catch up to you. Hurry them to the potty. Wait for them to use it. Lather, rinse, repeat. It can be exhausting, but it also has a tendency to make you appreciate the simple pleasures in life so much more. Not sure what we mean? Consider these everyday moments that start to feel downright luxurious after kids are on the scene.

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Enjoying a Meal Without Having to Serve Someone Else
Remember when you could eat without first cutting someone’s meat, pretending a spoon was an airplane, or running to the fridge to grab the ketchup that needs to be slathered on the veggies so someone in your house will eat it? Even cafeteria food sounds blissful if you can drop all of that.

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Reading Books That Don’t Rhyme
Having someone cuddled up to you who doesn’t try to eat or rip the pages isn’t bad, either.

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Hanging at the Pool Without Being the Lifeguard’s Right-Hand Man
Even the loud community pool with the smelly bathrooms feels like a spa when you don’t have to spend the entire afternoon making sure no one cannonballs into the shallow end or tries to drown her sister.

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Singing in the Shower … Without Someone Interrupting
Hey, mom, whatcha singing? Can I sing too, mom? What’s for dinner, mom? I’m hungry. Can I have a cookie, mom? Did you make chocolate chip? My brother hit me, mom! My sister won’t let me have the TV remote…

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What’s Better Than an Uninterrupted Shower?
An uninterrupted shower and shaving your legs completely. And Venus razors help you get it right the first time. Oh, the bliss!


Dessert That You Don’t Have to Share
That chocolate bar that partially melted and then reformed and is slightly covered in lint because you pulled it out of the bottom of your purse where it’s been since the community parade five months ago? It’s still the best chocolate you’ve ever eaten.

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Working Out … Alone
Downward dog is so much easier when you’re not afraid you’re going to crush the toddler crawling under your arms.

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Warm Coffee
We’re not asking for hot. Just warm on occasion.

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A Fingerprint-Free Phone Screen
And not dropped in the mud would be nice, too.

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Completing an Entire Phone Conversation
Without having to tell the other person you’ll call them back because someone just stuck something up his nose and may require medical attention.

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Hitting the Grocery Store … Solo
No stopping at the deli for a sample slice of cheese, no hushing the plaintive whines for every kind of junk food known to man, and just think of all that extra room in the cart!

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