Yes, it’s true: a baby changes everything! Of course, there’s so much that makes life more joyful and love-filled with Drake in our lives–no question about it. It’s especially easy to say that when we got a streak of 5-hours of sleep last night–a true accomplishment since most nights we are up *at least every three hours to nurse and/or have a diaper change. Floyd and I were both definitely worn out yesterday, too–so a good night’s sleep for the family was certainly appreciated even more!
But I feel like I’m finally started to get caught up with the world. At the moment, I’m caught up on thank you notes, laundry and dishes! Floyd and I also even managed to take down and store the Christmas tree and decorations last night. Floyd got most of his test grading completed this morning, too. There’s just a little clutter here and there that needs attention–but by and large I think we’re in the best shape and feeling the best we’ve felt since our little guy entered this world three weeks ago! I’m hoping we get into a bit of a rhythm now, which will only make our transitions back to work a bit easier. Floyd heads back to school tomorrow, and I will head back to work at the end of this month. Drake and I will sure miss Floyd!! But it will be kind of nice for Drake and I to have some time just the two of us before work takes over a big chunk of my life again.
I have to say through this whole process I have been most impressed with how well Floyd and I have been able to split responsibilities. We’ve always done well with it in our married life, and thankfully parenthood has followed the same pattern. Floyd actually kind of enjoys doing diaper changes when we’re all home together. He talks to and sometimes sings to Drake during those few minutes. It’s kind of their “bonding time.” In the middle of the night, Floyd will usually get Drake out of bed when he lets us know he’s ready to be fed, then he’ll doze off a bit for the 20-30 minute time frame that I’m nursing the little man. And when we’re finished, Floyd usually burps him, rocks him to sleep, and lays Drake back down in his bassinet. I’ve told him a lot the past few weeks that, “We make a good team!” And I really mean that. I think our true team effort capabilities have really come through as a new mom and dad. And I know Floyd will continue to be a great partner and parent in our new little family for many years to come.
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This post was written by kmashek on January 2, 2012