New Mom Rituals
The first few weeks of having a new baby are really, really, really amazing. They're also really, really hard.
It's a complete and total change to your entire life basically overnight. A new schedule with practically no sleep. All your care and attention goes to being so so careful with your delicate little one. Eating and showering can be next to impossible to do.
I left the house during the first 3 weeks only for pediatrician appointments. Then on my fifth appointment to the pediatrician with Leo it was a beautiful spring day. The Dr's office was right across the street from Central Park so after our appointment I took Leo and went straight into the park for a walk.
It was perfect! I was out, the sun was shining. Leo fell asleep in the stroller so I pulled into one of the parks cafes for lunch and some much needed caffeine!
I realized I had been working really hard at being a mom and I needed to start making some time in my day to ENJOY being a mom.
I started a little ritual with Leo. If I felt awake enough in the morning, after Leo went down for his first nap, I would put him in the baby k'tan. Walk around the corner to the cafe and get a coffee and pastry. I could sit there for 2-3 hours holding Leo close while reading and enjoying some sunshine. Or people watching. Whatever I wanted.
If I was too tired in the morning we both took a nap. On those days for Leo's afternoon nap I'd put him in the stroller and walk a few blocks to the Mexican restaurant with the outdoor seating. I'd order guacamole & chips and a beer. Then same thing read a book, flip through a catalog, people watch, Leo watch. When Leo started stirring around 4 pm I'd get the check and head home. Timing always worked out perfectly!
Days when Leo had a pediatrician appointment or I had a check in with my OBGYN afterwards we went across the street and walked through the park to get some sun and fresh air. One day we went to the MET. Leo opened his eyes and started looking around for the first time it was amazing to wittness!
Some days the dishes didn't get done, some days I didn't get around to vacuuming or putting away the laundry. That was ok. Life was different now and I needed to make a little more room for living it.