My "routine" is different.
PRE-MAX: wake up, go to the gym, work, come home, cook dinner, watch TV and go to bed. Basically, do stuff for ME.
NOW: wake up, clean bottles, make bottles, feed Max bottles, change diapers from bottles, repeat.
"Oh I can't, the baby is waking up/hungry/crying/needs my attention."
When in doubt, blame it on the baby.
PRE-MAX: "Ugh. Okay." (cue guilt)
On the phone
Representative: "Would you like to take a quick survey about our service?"
KK: "Oooh, you know I would love to, but I have a newborn just waking up from a nap. Maybe next time."
In the bank
Teller: "Do you have time for me to tell you about the 2,347 benefits you could be taking advantage of by banking with us?"
KK: "Oooh, you know I wish I did, but I have to get home to my baby."
To people trying to sell me something/collect donations
Strangers: "Hi, would you like to buy a calendar to support the high school basket weaving club?"
KK: "Oooh, you know I wish I could, but we have a college education to save up for!"
Date night at home.
PRE-MAX: enjoy a few chilled cocktails, open bottle of wine, cook a late dinner, watch a movie, relax.
NOW: strategically feeding Max and calculating nap time, then sipping on a warm cocktail while coordinating dinner with the precision of someone organizing a space shuttle launch. Then asking, "If we do bath night tomorrow, can I have another glass of wine?"
Date night out.
PRE-MAX: drinks and dinner at night; or a full-day of visiting breweries then happy hour then dinner.
NOW: Date night what?
Shopping at Target.
PRE-MAX: Self-limitation of ONE trip per month with a triple-digit total.
NOW: With Max in the main part of the cart, I only have the little front section to put goodies. So, in a way, Max is helping me SAVE money. (How's THAT for logic, Mr. KK???)
Shopping everywhere else.
PRE-MAX: "OMG! Look at this cute sweater/pair of shoes/coat/necklace/pillow! I must buy!"
NOW: "Does this sleeper come in 0-3 months?"
But I wouldn't trade any of it.
Not for a second.