My son is 4 months old now. It seems like it was ages ago I just had him. Almost as if he should be a year old already! I know I had this with my first kiddo but it was stronger with this one - I'm talking about the desire to get into a "normal" routine and feel like I could go about my life almost as if I hadn't just had a baby. I feel like you go through phases when you finally have your baby. First you have the overwhelming joy, excitement, and astonishment that you actually grew this live being inside of you over the past forever amount of months. Then you go home and you start feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and frazzled (when did I last shower?).
Most of the time you kind of start understanding how things work... baby cries a lot and there isn't always something you can do about it, showers are not very easy to come by but they have never felt better, you are amazed at how fast you can fall asleep when you feel accomplished knowing your little one is happily sleeping as well, and I am always amazed at how well I can hear. Then comes my favorite yet least favorite phase - the one where you decide that things are mostly normal again and you can go about life almost how you did before you had a new infant. You start making more plans, you start venturing out of the house more, you actually feel somewhat confident inviting people over to your house! Before you know it... you get so into "normal" life and routine that you soon find out you are EXHAUSTED!!! (read more here)
Rachael Kool, professional counselor and normal, everyday adult screw up.