Live, Laugh, Love – How to Maintain a Healthy Perspective in the Baby Years
Once your bump starts to show you’ll get strangers telling you that you have no idea what you’re in for…and rinse…and repeat…
This is true, as although humankind have been reproducing for quite some time now, each new life is unique, as are your circumstances, and this means no-one will go through what you will go through in the first year or so of parenthood.
Don’t fight it
Chances are, unless you get really lucky, you’ll have months of interrupted sleep, get covered in milk, poo, spit and puree at least once a day for…oooh, quite some time. Chances also are that you’ll love most of it, too.
It’s an unbelievably intense phase and it seems to go on forever, but that’s just because you’re awake for previously unheard-of numbers of hours every day. The trick is to just go with it. Some days you may need to cancel the social arrangement, leave the washing-up for another couple of hours, hire a cleaner for another couple of hours. Whatever it takes, do it, because it’s just a phase. It’s just part of the ride.
The days are long but the years are short
They really are short, you know. Each day, while it may seem like an age until bath and bedtime, is a step closer to your baby becoming an independent human being who gets himself to school, then to college and then into his own place. Enjoy each day, even if some of them feel like a feat of endurance, because you’ll never get them back.
Live, laugh, love and learn
The living and loving just comes naturally. The laughing is something you may have to force yourself to do, but you’ll also learn something else each day. You’ll learn that your baby likes a certain window at a certain time of day, likes the sound of the spin cycle, the particular speed you rock him at. You’ll also learn that the very next day he hates the washing machine and loves car journeys instead. You learn to be flexible, to think on your feet and to tell yourself that it’s all just a joyous, crazy ride with the people you love the most.