When you become a parent, you undergo many changes. Some of the changes are huge and obvious… like hello, an extra human in the house! Other changes are small and insignificant and happen without you even realizing it.
I’m not a handbag person. I tend to use one bag faithfully until it’s so worn that I have no choice but to throw it out. Occasionally, I will change my bag to match my outfit and sometimes I change my bag depending on where I’m going to. For example, doing a quick grocery run does not require the same size bag as a day trip to the zoo, if you know what I mean.
But whenever I need to empty my bag, I am always amused at the contents which spill out; as compared to the handbag I would have carried before becoming a mom.
My pre-baby hand bag would have consisted of:
- A purse for my cash and cards
- A smaller pouch for my important must-have cosmetics: lippy, face powder and blush compact
- Another pouch with my emergency sanitary pack: pads, tampons and the like
- Mints (I don’t chew gum)
- A pen and small notepad
My post-baby bag consists of, but is never limited to:
- All of the above PLUS…
- Wet wipes and hand sanitizer which I use religiously for wiping various icky body parts
- Crayons, markers, colouring pencils and highlighters to rival the rainbow
- A big note book to keep the kids occupied if we’re ever in a queue or stuck in traffic
- Half chewed sticky sweets
- A minimum of four plastic army guys
- At least one bouncy ball
- A hair brush because there’s just never enough time to do that at home
- A forgotten Happy Meal toy
- The odd sock. If you have ever wondered where the lost socks go, ladies check your handbags
- Mickey Mouse plasters/band-aids. Because you just never know when you’ll need to fix a boo-boo
- R5 coins. For those ridiculous bubblegum machines outside the shopping mall
- Scribbled I-love-you notes from my babies.
That was my handbag loot just for today, folks. When my kids were younger, the most important thing in my handbag was a spare dummy. Mothers with dummy babies know that there is nothing worse than a lost dummy with no replacement. Now that they are of school going age, my most important item is definitely hand sanitizer and tissues. I’m always amazed at how much of this stuff small children go through.
My kids are always surprised at the weight of my handbag and when I explain that most of its contents actually belong to them, they are amused. While it’s not as fantastic as that amazing magic bag of tricks which Mary Poppins used to carry around, I know that it has everything a mom of a two will need!
What’s in your handbag, mom?