Today's Normal is Tomorrow's Abnormal

Though I'm nowhere near this stage - I found it fitting!
(picture found at Center for American Progress)
Is there really such a thing as normal when you have a newborn, or children in general? It depends on who you ask! Every day I wake up something has changed, something new has come up, or things vary. I consider every minuet change my "new normal". Even if it is the normal for just that day. Take for example my sweet Bub sleeping through the night. In the beginning he would wake every 2-3 hours to eat. That was my normal at the time. That lasted a good 3 weeks. Then he dropped a feeding and ate only twice a night, again my new normal. Now he is sleeping through the night! Astounded, yes! Scared to get comfortable and call that normal, HECK YES! But it is, for now.

For me, being a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) is my new normal. I, for so many years, woke at 5am to go to work, not any longer. This doesn't mean I'm not up with the birds, but for a different reason. Small things such as taking a 3 minute shower versus a 10 minute shower, or peeing with the door open instead of closed! All my new normals. 

It's exhilarating to see how fast things evolve from day to day, even hour by hour. I have gotten some gripe about now being a SAHM and how "easy" it is. Please, take my baby for a day and we will see if you will go running back to your job and all it's day-to-day normalcy. Is that smoke coming from your heels? It takes a certain kind to be a working mom and a SAHM, both are hard and rewarding, no doubt. I, for the time being, couldn't imagine going back to work. Not for the fact that I don't want to leave my baby, since that is obvious, but for the fact that I can't do the same thing day in and day out like I used too. I now crave the spontaneity and controlled (sometimes) chaos.

So down that extra cup of coffee (or glass of wine) and enjoy each day and it's ever-changing  normalcy!



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