Last month, we celebrated Christmas by driving to Montana to visit my parents and siblings. When we returned to Redmond, my husband and I took the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve off from work. However, Kiddo’s daycare was still open and we decided to take advantage of the opportunity for a few kid-free days to get things done around the house.
The past few days have been a reminder of the first couple months of our marriage, before Kiddo came along. They highlighted the little changes and adjustments we’ve made over the past 18 months, in some cases adaptions that we hadn’t even noticed until we didn’t need to do them.
Sleeping, for one. I had to wake up to drop Kiddo off, but I crawled back between the covers when I got home. I’d forgotten what it’s like to sleep until I woke up naturally, rather than being woken up by an alarm or a crying child.
Leaving the house later that afternoon was another big change. It took us less than five minutes to transition from sitting on the couch to backing out of the garage. I was almost amazed at how quickly we managed something that had become a fifteen-to-twenty minute process once a baby joined the party.
Eating at a restaurant was also a change. I didn’t have to drag in a bunch of Kiddo’s accessories. I could pay full attention to what my husband was saying, rather than dividing my attention between him and the management of a rookie eater. We were even able to order dessert!
The house was a little more peaceful for a few hours of the day, and I was able to get more work done than usual. It was a nice change.
All the same, at the end of the day when we picked up Kiddo from daycare, we remembered why we chose to give up that ease and freedom. There are plenty of ways that our life has changed for the less convenient, but there are also plenty of ways it’s changed for the better.