Friday, July 20, 2012

Get busy.

Today, the floors remained unvacuumed. The laundry remained in the hamper. Emails remained unanswered. While my guy napped after a car ride, I stole back a few extra moments of sleep that eluded me last night. Teething, in a word, is a bitch. A bitch that wakes Eddy up every hour on the hour. So while he slept in his car seat, a rarity nowadays, I slept - face down, on my belly - until he gave me a holler.

A few weeks ago, my friend Katie asked me what about parenthood is different than I expected. I rattled off a few things and then added that when I was pregnant, that my growing belly itself felt like something that made me busy. I would say things like, "Well, I have to go to the grocery store and I have a haircut appointment" and in my head I would add "AND I'm pregnant." Like this belly made things more difficult and more time consuming. I definitely did move slower, especially at the end of the pregnancy, but looking back being pregnant was nuthin'. When you're pregnant, people open doors for you, bring you chairs to prop your feet on, and pick your students up from P.E. You get to cut in the restroom line and I'm fairly certain that my ice cream portions at Amy's were bigger. In other words, you are catered to. This is not to say that people aren't totally lovely and helpful now that Ed is around but it's just not the same.

Make no mistake, I could not be happier with the way I spend my days now. Yes, I now brush my teeth with an audience. Yes, I now blow dry my hair while singing silly songs and kicking my legs in the air to squeeze out a few more fuss-free moments. Yes, I now prep dinner in random spurts determined by baby hunger and boredom. Gone are the days of peeing (or sitting!) whenever my heart desires. Gone are the days of the Bravo TV marathon. But you know how people say that when you are doing a job that you truly love that it doesn't feel like work? That's how I feel (almost all the time!).

I'm happy that I can say I really took full advantage of my pregnancy and all of the perks that it included. Besides motherhood, it was the happiest I've ever been. I took a full month off of work before Ed came a'knockin' just to have "me time".  And it was aah-mazing.

But I do look back on those days and laugh at myself, thinking, "Ha! You didn't even know what busy was!" A belly? You thought a belly was busy? Try a permanent 21 pound hip accessory.



Although, this is all probably just "new mom" naivete. There will come the day when I am juggling swim practice schedules with homework folders with dinner - and potentially still with a pudgy hip accessory - and I will laugh at myself, thinking, "Ha! You thought you were busy when you had one!"

Bring it. I can't wait.




12 comments:

  1. I remember those wonderful days of being pregnant. Now 3 boys later...all growing way too fast. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Wendy. 3 boys!! I bet that is exhausting and amazing at the very same time.

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  2. KC...totally FEEL you...I was waiting in the fudiculous restroom line at Magic Mountain thinking, "If I was preggo again, this 'waiting in line mess' would be totally UNACCEPTABLE...some of the preggo perks I DO actually miss...but like Wendy, after MY THREE BOYS...I DO NOT MISS IT ENOUGH to go through it again...But WHEN YOU DO...I'll be right here cheering you on!

    Be Blessed <3
    Fellow SITStah

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    1. Christine - thank you for understanding and cheering me on! Sometimes we need that. And thanks for stopping by! I look forward to reading more from you :)

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  3. Stopping by from Sharefest!

    I too always thought I was busy (not to mention, tired, hormonal and in pain) while pregnant...but now that the little one is here (almost 3 months) I laugh! I barely have time to shower, let alone do all the things I could easily do while pregnant. Being a mom is tough!

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    1. Hard work for sure but so worth it, right? :) Motherhood definitely brings new meaning to the word "busy"! Thanks for stopping by, Ana!

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  4. You never fail to put so many of my thoughts into a much more eloquent form. I also have a 22 lb hip accessory that I cannot get enough of, and I do the same hair drying dancing that you cited. And most importantly I also look at pregnancy as the most incredible time of my life until Carter. And everything in your last paragraph makes me question whether I can parent the same that I do today if we have another. Maybe I'll wait and see how you do before we decide. Ha!

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    1. I constantly think, "How do you do this with more than one?" But I guess, just like with everything else in parenthood, we figure it out and then it seems like it always was. And our hearts just keep expanding.

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  5. I only have 1 and feel the same way! Life was easier in many ways when I was pregnant, but I wouldn't trade the ease for the fun, anyday!

    Stopping by from SITS.
    annie
    justalittletart.blogspot.com

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    1. Wouldn't trade it even for a minute! I agree :) Thanks for stopping by, Annie!

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  6. That's too perfect! I used to sit with the Bunny on my chest and pillows propped around us both on the couch so neither of us would fall off, and PASS RIGHT OUT!!! Exhausted! And I don't recall doing that much to be honest. That lack of sleep is just... desperate. And four years later... if I curl up on the couch to nap (the GP knocks me right out every time) I get a little body come cuddle up and pass right out with me. I love it!
    In from SITS.

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    1. PS... GP = Grand Prix... not General Practitioner... although he knocks me out too sometimes.

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