1. You are no longer able to jump on a trampoline or blow up a balloon. The mere suggestion leaves you with sweaty palms. Unless you were very, very good at carrying out your pelvic floor exercises whilst pregnant you will know that you are not as strong downstairs as you used to be (if you know what I mean).
2. You don't only have to worry about your own bottom's cleanliness but of another human's too! As a first timer I remember actually asking a friend how I should go about making sure my potty trained child's bum was cleaned satisfactorily! The answer I got was "tell your child to touch their toes"! This works by the way!
3. It takes forever to get in & out of the car! In fact it can take so long some days that you may as well walk! Getting your children to just sit in the actual car seat poses your 1st challenge whether they be babies or bigger kids, followed by your 2nd challenge, getting the seat belt fastened. On the occasion when I am getting into the car alone I actually cherish the speed in which I can do so...ahh bliss!
4. You can never be ill again. As a mum it doesn't seem to matter how bad you feel you have to carry on with your everyday routine when really all you want to do is curl up into a ball with the lights off! You will still be required to entertain, clean feed and wash (and that's just your Husband)! Seriously there is never a day off when you are a parent.
5. You get wet (a lot)! I have never been caught in the rain as much as I have since my daughter started school! It appears that at the exact same time every day between 8.30am and 9.00am and between 2.45pm and 3.15pm (the school run) the heavens open and us parents get soaked. Be prepared for this, as when your children are still babies the wettest you'll get is travelling between the front door and the car. You do not realise that when standing around waiting for the school bell that the rain will come and you will end up looking like a drowned rat. Also be prepared for the rain to stop the minute you are safe and dry!
I hope this has thrown up a few insightful ideas of what to expect now that you have children - be warned! Ha!