Oddly, it doesn't feel like we've been
Here's what I've learned in the first month of parenthood:
1. No matter what, you will change. I don't mean you'll become a different person (though you might), but things that used to mean something in the past, might mean zilch to you know; and vice versa.
For example, I used to be a STICKLER for milk dates – I would NEVER drink milk past the 'sell by' date stamped on the carton. Now, I have been known to turn a blind eye to that date when in dire need of milk for my morning tea. (This happened in the first two weeks; ever since I've been back to policing the milk dates in the house).
2. You will sleep differently. It used to be that once I was woken up in the wee hours of the morning, I was up the for day because I couldn't stop thinking about all of the things I had to do. Now – since every day is a weekend – I fall back to sleep after feedings before my head even hits the pillow, no matter what the time. Also? With a newborn, I'm sleeping later than I ever have in my life. Crazy, right? (More on what sleep looks like in our house here).
Max – yesterday morning – at 9:04am.
Yes, I had to wake him up to eat breakfast.
3. Don't listen to what everyone says about being a new parent. I am yet to "accidentally" eat poop. I haven't left the house with spit up on my clothing. I only own one pair of yoga pants, so they haven't become my wardrobe staple.
4. Your child is cutest baby on the planet, hands down. No contest.
I mean, COME ON.
5. Babies are time-suckers. For me, this is because I just stop and stare at him for hours. It is amazing just to watch him sleep. Things like lying on a mat on the floor are as entertaining as attending a Broadway Show.
Mommy and Max playtime!
6. You can still enjoy hot home-cooked meals. Now, if you didn't cook dinners before you had a baby, then chances are you're not cooking them now. But cooking was such a HUGE part of my life, and it has only amplified. Part of my daily routine is making dinner for us – it's the time Mr. KK and I can sit down together, catch up and enjoy a cocktail while Max takes a snooze.
7. You can still check stuff off of your to-do list. Hey, babies are portable, right?
He's a built-in moderator for liquor purchases.
When the top of the carriage is full, it's time to go.
Happy One Month, Maxwell!
Hopefully Mommy and Daddy are doing alright.