Happy Friday, friends! Today I’m sharing Five Adjustments Since Having Baby or some little things that have changed on account of baby. There have been quite a few little changes after baby, but nothing too drastic. Before, I was pretty much a homebody anyway. I only went out properly on rare occasions. Even so, these things were a part of my regular routine (if that’s what you can even call it when you are disorganized).
Five Adjustments Since Having Baby. I Really Miss:
1. Sleeping, of course!
I used to have luxurious naps, especially while pregnant. Not that I can’t still get a nap in when baby naps. But, it’s not the same. I used to be one of those people who took a good nap every single day, but now I resist the urge! I try to catch up on shows, videos, cleaning, or something that makes me feel like I am experiencing something more than changing diapers or caring for baby all day. I probably shouldn’t because I’m always irritable when I don’t get enough sleep (shhh!).
I also miss my nights of uninterrupted sleep! I think it’s more than the little interruptions from baby that keep me from having peaceful sleeps. The first thing that I do when I wake up is immediately reach for the baby to make sure he is ok, breathing, not too hot or cold, etc. Before having a baby, I would always wake up and just take my time and allow myself to think, whether it be about life, my goals, dreams, etc. I didn’t feel as hurried, or rushed or as much stress to stay on top of everything. This may just be my personality and I should just take a chill pill.
2. Savoring my meal-time or experimenting in the kitchen.
My food is always getting cold now! Sometimes he is more patient while sitting in his chair waiting for me to make or reheat whatever meal I’m eating at the moment. But often enough, he doesn’t want to be “trapped” in his seat for long, so I try to eat in between assisting him with his food, depending on what he is eating.
I don’t experiment as much with recipes, which is a bummer because I used to plan meals or search for a new recipes often. I loved changing things up. But, now I just want to prepare something that’s a no brainer or typical to what I know how to make. So, I eat the same exact meal numerous times a week. I know, boring.
3. Going out shopping, taking a drive, walk, or just ANYTHING at the spur of the moment.
Now I have to plan around little man’s schedule (meals, naps, etc.). I also have to gauge his mood by paying attention to whether he is teething, or just not feeling up to it. Although, sometimes you have to get things done even if its risking toting around a cranky baby.
So, obviously there’s been enough times where going out has been a bust. In that case, I just have his dad pick up the essentials. I just prefer that to feeling super stressed and bummed if baby is being difficult. My trips out of the house (which are fewer these days) just don’t seem successful when he is crying or restless. It’s just hard to focus on what I’m supposed to be getting done. Of course, it helps if he can get a bit of play time in before we leave.
4. Binge watching shows on Netflix.
I remember I would become obsessed with some new show and binge watch it. I could have cared less about consequences the next day. I would turn down the lights, have snacks in tow, and just allow my brain to become mush taking in all the plot twists for hoursss. I probably miss this the most. I love a good show. I still make sure that I get watch at least one show on most days. Oh and I have to mention that I watch the movies or shows that baby likes over and over again, day after day just to keep him preoccupied to get things done.
Obviously there are no more marathons for me with little man becoming restless and wanting to play, or cruise around all over the place. It’s also a little more distracting now with my attention being pulled away to making sure baby is safe and entertained (which is the priority of course). And I can’t even remember the last time I’ve been to a movie. I preferred renting movies before baby anyway, so I can live without the high prices of movies and movie theater snacks.
5. Not having to Multitask As Much or Think Ahead
I really have struggled with trying to maintain a schedule for my son, while making sure that I am getting chores done, and taking care of myself. I can become obsessive about improving one area and not finding the right balance so that I don’t get overwhelmed in other areas.
My son is pretty high needs and he isn’t entertained for long at all playing by himself. I try to give him space while he is playing with his toys or watching a movie. Then if I have to I will pick him up and cuddle for a little bit until he stops fussing. Then I leave him to play again so I can get things done. It’s harder when you have a baby who loves attention like my little guy. You just have to find ways to get things done.
So, those were my Five Adjustments Since Having Baby!
Honestly, it’s all about balance and making sure things are taken care of for the most part or finding time in between handling responsibilities to just let yourself have some me time, whatever that may look like for you. We should still find time to enjoy the things we like to do because we have to take care of ourselves too, right? 🙂
It’s always an adjustment whether you are a new mom, new to living with your significant other, going off to college living with roommates for the first time, or even just being handed more responsibilities in general.
What are some of the things you all enjoy on your down time? Have these things changed for you significantly depending on new life changes?
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