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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The New Normal


Cardigan: GAP old (similar), Chambray: Belk (similar, love this), Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: TOMS, Sunnies: RayBan
I was reflecting on life the other night as I watched CT's eyelids grow heavy.  After his 3 a.m. feeding.  (Is it weird to call it a feeding?)  I was thinking about how quickly our version of normal changes.

Just three months ago, normal was waking up 15 times a night to waddle to the bathroom.  Before that, it was drinking a bottle of wine on the weekend and ordering too many sushi rolls.

Normal now is sleeping in 3 hour increments, showering in 5 minutes or less, changing outfits not out of preference, but due to spit up.  And if I'm being honest, I love it.  I love the new normal.  I'm not going to sit here and say it is always easy or that I'm never too tired, too stressed, or too flustered.  It's just that this normal is so much more rewarding than any sushi roll or glass of wine could ever be (or ever was).

I'm pretty much tired all the time, but as long as I'm not "hitting a wall exhausted" (yes, that's a thing - my husband and I decided) I feel pretty good.  I'm not working and I'm not going to school, but yet my free time is practically non-existent.  I do way more laundry now than I ever thought I would and I had the nerve to complain before.  Brushing my teeth has become a treat and blow drying my hair?  Not even an option most days.  I rarely wear makeup, but somehow...I've never felt more beautiful.

2 cups of coffee is the new standard.  That number may or may not increase in times of desperation.  Also, coffee is not just a morning routine any more.

Caffeine no longer keeps me awake at night.  Nothing could keep me from catching some much needed shut-eye.  Except, of course, a 2 month old (today!) sweet baby boy needing loving from his mama.

Normal is never going to be normal again.

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Because Shanna Said So, and Fitness Blondie


9 comments:

  1. I love that you love your new normal! Having a baby definitely changes everything but it's so funny how we just adjust to the flow and it's hard to remember how things were before!

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  2. Aww this is so sweet. It is crazy how our normal evolves over time and it is a great thing. Who wants things to stay the same forever?

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  3. The day before I had Tanner, I was sitting in the couch and said, "I'm so bored." I haven't spoken those words again for the last 3 years, and I don't foresee saying them anytime soon!

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  4. love reading your blogs...but as another parent ,I must say seeing your young son with an Ipad in his face makes my blood boil a little. That kind of stimulation is so bad for their developing brains. Doctors recommend that no child under the age of 2 be put in front of a T.V. Something I have learned is that yes, it can be boring, but make something happen! My 3 month old enjoys me opening the cabinets in the kitchen, looking out the window, just being talked to.....it's ALL new to them. So, they don't need to see the newest apps to be "entertained". Just a thought...

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    2. Just a thought...My son has been using apps since before he could sit up. He comprehends both English and Spanish, can count to 10, knows a few colors, asks for things using please and thank you, as well as communicates in Spanish and he is not even 2 yet. I guess that kind of stimulation was so bad for his developing brain. Babies need stimulation and I believe the child's parent knows what is best for their child. Do you really think that 5-10 minutes looking at colors on an iPad is overstimulation? I suppose I am a bad parent because my kid is in the other room watching Elmo right now. Perhaps judging other parents is also bad for their developing parenting styles (just a thought..).

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  5. i could have written this! you do such a good job describing life with a newborn. i can totally relate - the exhaustion, laundry, spit up and coffee. i just want to say that i really enjoy your blog. i have a 5 week old, and it's been so great to follow your journey through pregnancy and motherhood. thank you! oh, and your son is beautiful, by the way!

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  6. I call it 'feeding' too, so I guess it's not weird? who knows. Its so strange how what we thing is normal is always changing. Even since our little man came home we've had our 'normal' change several times already!

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