Confession: It's taken us until now to realize that we're actually having a baby. As in, she will be here -- in the flesh -- in about a month.
What about our snowshoe hiking trips?
Last-minute weekend adventures?
Wine and beer tours?
My famous champagne-and-baking afternoons?
And all other couple activities?
Are these things all on hold for the next year . . . and beyond? Somehow, before this point, we hadn't fully understood how our lives might change going from just the two of us to three. Of course, in the back of our minds before we decided to embark on the baby-making process . . . we talked at great length about "being ready" and "making sacrifices" related to caring for another human being.
Which we're totally ready to do.
Now, however, we're actually FEELING the inevitable sink deeper and deeper into reality.
Will parenthood be the death of our young, carefree days? We keep catching ourselves forgetting that we'll be toting around a newborn when we talk about attending our favorite annual events, races, etc. For example, we both recently signed up to run a half marathon in the late spring. We were all excited, and then I remembered: "Wait!!! Who is going to babysit for us?!" (In this case, we're fortunate to have two sets of eager grandparents.)
Likewise, I'm starting to wonder how life will change with a baby who is dependent on me for more than just cuddling and care. I need to feed the girl. And . . . often. The breastfeeding books I've been reading haven't made me feel great about spending more than two hours away from the little one for the first several months. It's not like I was expecting to have a vibrant night life. But still!
Of course we know we'll be more-than tired (that's the main comment from strangers these days when they see I'm nearly ready to pop -- message to these people: WE GET IT.) and that once she's here, we'll immediately be overly in love with her and likely not want to leave her for very long anyway.
But we'd love some tips from experienced parents on how to continue living life . . . with a newborn at our hip. We know it isn't the end of US and instead a very exciting new beginning. Like with all big changes, though, it can be a bit overwhelming to think about!
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