Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Normal

This morning, I saw the sunrise.

I watched the colors across my front yard change from a gorgeous blue to pink to yellow and eventually the bright green of the trees that surround our property. It all happened in the 15 minutes it took to feed my hungry baby girl.

Watching a new day stretch and yawn and open its eyes is one of my favorite things. And Nora is my favorite reason for seeing it firsthand.

I'm exhausted, I look a hot mess, and the showers this week have been few and far between, but y'all, this is awesome. This is my new life, my new normal. I love it and I am so proud of it.

Nora has already been here for a week, but it's just now getting real. I loved having extra hands for her first days so I could dedicate my time to learning schedules and letting my body rest and heal. I can't express enough appreciation that my house was always clean and there was always a grandparent open for bottle duty when I needed to lie down.

Now that the family has gone home and the boys are back in town, however, I love being on my feet, washing bottles, picking up Legos, and making things work for my family of five. I'm not ready to run a marathon or anything, but this recovery has been a fairly easy one. As far as baby care goes, it was like riding a bike. I don't know if it's because Owen's baby days weren't too long ago, but we jumped right in.

It helps that she's the sweetest little angel baby you ever did see. :)

Our first week with Nora was incredible. I am still riding the high of the hormones, but I have a feeling this one is going to be even better. Jonathan is taking vacation time and my home will be filled with the happy sounds of family (and probably a screaming match or five - I'm riding the hormones, but I'm still realistic!).

There are many more adjustments in store for this new normal of mine, but I will take them as they come. For right now, for today, as I watch the sun creep past the tips of the trees, we are doing just fine.

Happy Tuesday, y'all.

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