1). In the car - First of all, compared to the norm it is eerily quiet. It is a nice break to have the quiet but it feels odd. Also, before leaving the car, I go towards the car seats. Yes, I am that lady that opens the back door then awkwardly closes the door.
2) In crowds- I have always been overly polite, saying thank you far too many times. When squeezing through crowds I say, excuse us, with the kids there-totally normal. Not so normal, when I say excuse us, when there is only me. Once again, a little awkward, now I am the lady with the imaginary friend.
3) Going to the bathroom- Announcing to your group that you need to potty, as if everyone announces their need to go to use the bathroom this way- a little odd
4) Other kids- Sometimes when I am out, I see kids unattended or doing something dangerous, I am on high alert. Which in my mommy mind seems totally normal but to everyone else I am the lady who stares at children.
Life will never be the same again, I don't think I will ever be able to go out on my own without looking a little odd or awkward. It's okay these are all things that make me a mom and I can be okay with it.