A lot of things change once a baby arrives. Your body. Your mood. Your ability to tolerate nonsense (mine is zero). Often times, your relationship (at least for a short while) while also change while you try to navigate post-baby life. There's new demands to meet and consider all while trying to stay true to yourself (or what little you can preserve). Still, there are many things having a baby didn't change about me and, because I think they're what make me me, I'm thankful for them.
Before kids, I went out quite a bit, was fairly social (thought it caused much anxiety), and had little in the way of what I would consider a pretty mundane schedule. Once my first baby came into the picture, I had to learn how to multi-task (and really fast, by the way) as well as a whole other host of tasks and responsibilities. Every part of the journey was a learning experience (and still is). By the time my second baby came along, a lot of things had already been cemented; my work habits, our living arrangements, and the way we took on life as a family. With my son, whatever was to change would do so at a much slower speed, because I was already so set in my ways. I'm a strong, independent woman, after all and thank you very freakin' much. I hope to raise my children to be the same, whether they have kids or choose not to, so my strength and independence isn't something I'll be apologizing for anytime soon.
As I think back now, with two children in front of me, there's far much less that's changed about me than I thought. I'm still the same woman (albeit with more patience, learned over time) just with two little people to look after. Here are some of the ways having them hasn't changed me (thank you, kids).