1. Multi-tasking: I can now multi-task like it is nobody's business. At any one moment in time I am feeding baby Z a bottle with one hand, checking Twitter on my IPhone with the other and have a cup of coffee handy to make a quick switch in duties. I am also (I sheepishly admit) watching a recorded episode of "The Real Housewives of New York City" but let's not dwell on that too much. I'm sure that will come up once Z starts therapy.
2. The Art of the 10-minute Nap: Those days of sleeping in are long gone. Regardless of what time I have gone to bed the night before I am up at the crack of dawn. Not by choice. I have to. That is precisely when babies decide that they would like their day to begin. To deal with this disruption in my sleep cycle I have perfected the art of the 10-minute nap. Throughout the day, I try to take a few of these, usually coinciding with when baby Z takes his (micro) naps. Not the healthiest thing in the world, sure, but it keeps me going.
3. "Me" Time: Before having a baby I was fiercely protective of my "me" time. After having a baby I am even more fiercely protective of my "me" time. Thankfully I have a husband who understands that Z is as much his child as mine and so "me time' is not so hard to negotiate!
4. Learn to say Yes: As a rule I hate asking people for favors. Even if someone volunteers their services I am known, by those close to me, to always (politely) refuse. Not the case anymore. I soon realized that I needed help and that I had better ask for it. If you are lucky enough to have friends and family that are offering to help you, don't refuse it. I have cashed in my fair share of babysitting offers from friends. You know who you are, love you guys!
5. Learn to Laugh At Myself: You can read as many books as you want, talk to as many doulas as you like, be as prepared as you think you will ever be, but something will always one-up you in the baby-game. That is okay. I did not read any books or even prepare, as such. Not wanting to stress or overwhelm myself, I decided to 'wing' it and learn things on the fly. As you can imagine there have been some bumps along the way. One particular incident showcased my inability to properly position the rain canopy on my child's stroller. This resulted in my pushing a stroller around the Upper East side of Manhattan with the rain canopy perfectly plastered over my child's face. I noticed the looks from other moms and nannies and, cluelessly, figured they must be admiring my little guy's cute get-up. Shortly afterwards, horrified, I realized the error of my ways and swiftly rectified the situation. I got over my horror quickly though. For me the take-home message was that I will mess up, lots, and the only way to deal with it is to see the humor in it!
|The hood needs to come out, people, in order for the rain canopy to function properly!|
Have a great July 4th holiday weekend!
Also, don't forget to enter my Uncle Sam Honey Almond cereal giveaway. I am accepting entries till Monday July 4th at 10pm EST from readers in the Continental US. I shall announce a winner on Tuesday July 5th.