new normal

This week I made my first to-do list since Asher was born. It was a big moment for me. Its title? To-do before Mom and Dad come! (They fly in on Friday, by the way. At 1:45 p.m. That's three days away. Not that I'm counting. Wait, I have been counting for so long.)

I'm a big list person. I love making them and crossing off their contents. I know that lists will be a little different for me now that I have a babe, but regardless, making that list felt good. It felt normal.

Normal is a much more fluid term for me now that I'm an official stay-at-home-mom. Normal still includes doing my makeup and making the bed, but sometimes excludes straightening my hair or changing out of stretchy pants. Normal involves more snuggling and less hurrying. Normal means mid-morning walks, late afternoon naps, and meals whenever Asher fancies them. Normal doesn't necessarily mean checked-off lists anymore. Today normal is watching the season premier of Bones while folding laundry in my underwear.

{Grocery shopping with a buddy--part of my new normal}

Figuring out this new normal has had its highs and lows, and I've had many moments when I thought I'd never find it. But I'm starting to, even though I realize that normal will change on me all the time. If having a babe means balancing a fluctuating normal, then so be it, because Asher is here to stay and I couldn't be happier about it.


Diana Allen said...

You seem to be adapting so well, I am so happy for you.
Your little Asher is so cute.
Enjoy your time with your parents :)

Emily Zarbock said...

You are a super Mom already! You learned from the best, obviously.

Love you :)

Sarah W. said...

I just wish I could come also! But, I can't wait to see him at Thanksgiving!

Sandy Cove said...

Cute picture and I'm glad your finding your new normal.

michelle said...

I think you're doing great! I remember feeling like I would never have a normal again until my babies were six months old!

What a darling little shopping buddy you have.

Denise Wood said...

And now it's TWO MORE DAYS!!!

Jill said...

Wow, you're out and about already, good for you! I remember thinking I would never get us all sorted out and mobile, but eventually we got there. I think having low expectations and flexibility are key.

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