On the new norm…

Blogging on a Saturday night.  Welcome to parenthood!?

I figure if I keep waiting to write here “when I have time,” it probably won’t happen.  Evenings tend to be the only time where time is really my own anymore.  While I’m totally fine with that, most often once 8 o’clock rolls around, I’m pretty beat, and you can find me reclined on the couch dozing off watching The Bachelorette, or heading to bed early to get some shut-eye before Nolan’s first wake up of the night.  What I’m saying is, I tend not to spend time on my laptop much anymore, unless I make a point to, like tonight!

Life as we once knew it has naturally changed in a lot of ways since Nolan arrived, but in many respects, things are the same, but with a hectic, whirlwind of a twist to them.  For instance, we still go out to eat, but we have a mini human with us now, and our meals are timed around when Nolan goes to bed, or if we’re going out, dining has brought about mastering the new skill of juggling a fork in one hand, and a bouncy baby in the other.  Nolan loves to nap sweetly or chill in his car seat until exactly when our meals arrive, and then he’s all “hold me!” “love me!” “hear me cry!”

I’ve gradually gotten back into an exercise routine over the last several weeks, which is something that’s always been important to me.  Shorter, HIIT type workouts are working well for both Nolan and I.  Until recently, since he’s started his naps in the crib, this is how we’d spend a lot of my workouts…

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Other things that have remained the same, yet different, are family walks with Charlie, except now we have our mini human, who we either take along in the BOB stroller, or one of us will wear him during our stroll.

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Speaking of Charlie, she’s been SO good with Nolan.  Very protective of him, and of me, and really good with him in general.  She’s still a pup, so she gets excited and goes in for a full face lick a lot of the time, but she’s doing well!

What else?  We still enjoy our mealtime together, but one thing we do miss is cooking together. We haven’t quite mastered that yet.  Usually Matt will cook dinner while I’m nursing Nolan before bed, or I’ll prepare something while he’s out for a walk with Charlie.  Also, we eat a lot later than we used to- more an adjustment for me than for Matt, as I’m always all about my next meal, and eating late sometimes throws me off.  It’s the new norm though; I’m getting used to it!

We’ve always both been morning people, and that sure does have a new meaning now, as our little dude also loves the mornings, rising around 6AM and raring to go for the day!  That’s okay by us, as in less than a week (sniff), I go back to work, and he’ll need to be up early for us to both get out, and for me to get him to daycare on time, and myself to work!  More on my thoughts on transitioning back to work in another post…

While I’ve never been a big night owl to begin with, that’s definitely been consistent.  Once we put the little man down for sleep, we eat and clean up from dinner, I’m lucky if I can stay awake for a full Bachelor episode!  Plus, knowing you’ll be up in a few short hours after going to sleep puts a new spin on bedtime.

All in all, our lives have obviously been totally shaken up (in the best way possible), but we’ve managed to keep some semblance of what our life pre-baby used to look like, and I think that makes things seem a little more manageable when they can have the tendency to feel stressful and overwhelming at times. We’ve always known it would be important to us to try to incorporate our new addition into our lives and our routine, instead of uprooting what we’re used to completely, like not leaving the house, not going out to eat, declining invites from friends, not having company, etc.  Of course our routine is now a bit different, and putting Nolan first and making sure he’s our number one priority and fitting a new routine around him is what we do, it has taken some getting used to, but it really feels like our new norm now– our old routine and lifestyle, with some new alterations!

We’re still getting used to this new parenting thing, and some days are damn hard, while others make us feel like we’ve got things down pretty good.  It’s a process and we’ll certainly be learning every day.  For now, we’re getting used to our new version of status quo, and we’re pretty smitten with it!

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