...you wake at 5.50am every. Single. Day. Even when your child is staying at their grandparents' house.
...you find yourself talking in your "Mummy" voice (slightly louder and clearer than usual) when you are speaking with fully functioning adults. On the phone. At work.
...you no longer swear. "Oh my days" takes the place of swear words, and you just cannot bring yourself to utter them.
...you find yourself humming the theme tune of various CBeebies programmes even when your child is nowhere to be seen.
...your idea of a good night no longer involves partying the night away, but getting through the huge pile of ironing whilst watching Jeremy Kyle, Coronation Street or some other random, rubbish, no-brain-required TV show.
...you realise there are indeed two five o'clocks in a day.
...getting ready to go out now involves throwing your hair into a semblence of a bun/ponytail and then hightailing it out the door quickly - time is of the essence, and you don't want to waste the very short window of child free time.
...chicken nuggets, chips, tomato ketchup and a Fruit Shoot actually sounds like a very acceptable meal, and when asked by a Health Visitor whether the diet is varied, the answer of "Sometimes it's fish fingers" is equally acceptable. (Please note, DS and I do occasionally make our own "chicken dippers" using fresh chicken and our own-made breadcrumbs, which are entirely more yummy than the shop bought ones; and he does have peas with his meals, and sometimes even eats one if I'm lucky...!!!)
...even when you are away from your kid, you cannot stop thinking or talking about them. Constantly.
So...what are yours?!