It’s been a while since I last posted which means that my offline life has been hectic. A lot has happened since Thanksgiving – when I got out of my postnatal “confinement” period and Noah was given the okay to be introduced to the world (and exposed to everyone’s germs.)
When I get around to it, I’ll post about my labor, the postnatal meal service, and reviews of some products that we’re using (for the things that I couldn’t find much info online).
But for today, let me just post a “top ten” list as a response to our friend who commented the other day that even though we’re now parents “it seems as if nothing has changed…”
Signs that things have changed and I’m now a mother…
- I feel “happy” when I wake up and find out that I’ve just had three LONG hours of sleep.
- I do almost all of my shopping online. For whatever reason, Noah gets hysterical whenever he’s strapped into his car seat. If Ranch 99 or Marina Supermarket starts providing delivery service then I never have to leave the house.
- When I shop for shoes I consider how comfortable it would be to be on my feet in it for a prolonged period of time (while rocking Noah) and how stable/safe it would be so that I don’t slip, fall, and risk injury to Noah.
- Similarly, when I shop for clothes I consider how easy it would be to access my breasts for nursing and how soft it would feel for when Noah rubs his face all over it (when he’s tired and sleepy.)
- I’ve stopped separating laundry into colors and whites for washing. It takes too long to wait for a full load of Noah’s whites or colors to accumulate and we need that swaddle/burp cloth or warm outfit NOW!
- I’ve started eating more “bland” food (i.e. giving up on onions, limiting garlic, passing on freshly ground black pepper…basically, almost no Korean and Thai food *sigh*) for fear of causing Noah gas/abdominal pain. This is particularly remarkable considering that I didn’t even give up flavorful food during pregnancy (and ended up in the ER one night due to some very spicy and gas inducing Korean food).
- I have a cheer for when Noah passes gas or poops. I am trying to learn the Onara Taiso (fart exercise) song from Nodame Cantabile. Any one knows of any other “bodily function” songs?
Signs that Charlie is now a father…
- He refers to us as Mommy and Daddy
- His bed time reading is the Baby Blues books. He tried reading them when I was pregnant but back then all he did was moan about how they were “scary” and depressing. Now he reads a few pages almost every night and even points out his “favorite” strips to me.
- He feels “lonely” and “misses his family” whenever he’s in a room by himself (at home).
It’s only been 7 weeks but life as we know it has been changed forever…for the BETTER, of course.
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