Dear Pre-Kid Self:
Shut up! Wow, I’m so annoying. I had no idea when I said things like “I’ll only breast feed” or” I’ll never have a c-section” as a pre-kid mom that those would be some of the easiest decisions I’d have to make against myself. My c-sections saved my kids and so what, I couldn’t breast feed, but the kiddos are perfectly healthy formula babies. Or when I thought “No candy for my kids”, girl! You know you bribe those kiddos with sour patch kids every chance you get, cause it works, right? Right!
Moments when I find my “pre-kid” mind talking to my current mind with things like “Man, why can’t we have our pre-kid body back”? Guess what lady, you had kids, you made a decision to forever birth children from your uterus. There’s no going back to your pre-kid body, it doesn’t exist anymore (either does your gall bladder for that sake!), but still, give yourself a break. You did a miracle! You’re going to have stretch marks, you might have a bigger belly but either work it off or go get a tummy tuck. Yeah, I’m an adult, you’re an adult and we can do those things if we want.
Trust me, my pre-kid self wasn’t as cool as the post-kid(s) self. Sure, I might be a little more tired but I take solace in knowing that in about 6-8 years I can start jumping on their beds at 4 AM to wake them up for school. Or, even cooler, my girls will be old enough to do manicure/pedicures with me and actually hold a conversation. We give our pre-kid self-such this idealistic fantasy that we want to go back to it. I don’t. I remember what pre-kid was like! No husband, a job I didn’t love, I felt alone and like I didn’t have a place, and don’t get me started on dating. Seriously, yeah, maybe there were some good nights but not half as good or even as close to good as they are now. Snuggling, watching a movie with my kids and husband or having an amazing family day of travel is about as good as it will ever get in my book.
So to my pre-kid self, shut up! Seriously, you’ve got no idea what’s in store for you and it’s AMAZING!
Red Sauce is a family restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Located in Chattanooga's North Shore district, Red Sauce is a family owned and operated restaurant and offers multiple parking options for the area, plus the ambience, food and service are beyond wonderful. First, the portions are huge, there is no sparing here. The calamari comes with 6-7 large shrimp on the side, battered and cooked to the perfect consistency. The Caesar salad came with copious amounts of Parmesan cheese (who doesn't love that?), and the meatballs were the size of my fist!
What they’re aiming for is good, solid, comfortable food. At their best, dishes reveal a classic Italian respect for good, staple products. The lineup is traditional: chicken, pork, beef, veal, seafood, pasta.
You’ll likely be stuffed by the time dessert rolls around, which isn’t necessarily a bummer. If you manage to bust through the huge slices of cheesecake, you’ll be rewarded with wonderful wines and champagne. The service was attentive and the timing for the meal couldn’t have been arranged better. There were no lags, nor were we rushed. From the music to the classic dishes to the thank-you-for-dining email from the owner, I love Red Sauce and will be dining there many, many times in the future!
I am a Virginia Native, who has recently moved to the Chattanooga Area with my handsome husband and 3 gorgeous children. I am a movie lover, a motherhood advocate, an absolute introvert…but if you get the chance to know me well, I am an absolute nutcase. I am slightly OCD and love organization to the fullest extent. My planner is almost as important as my family.
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