Now, I realize that these things really aren’t so bad, but it just makes me think about how differently I thought I would be pre-baby! Parenting is hard work and being a stay at home mom is so physically and emotionally exhausting. Giving your all to another little human being is tiring! What are some of the things you swore you wouldn’t do, but now give a little leeway to?
When I was pregnant (before we knew Odin was Odin!), I had made a promise to myself to avoid screen time for at least the first 5 years. We don’t have a TV and Zak and I will watch our fair share of movies on the computer, but always after Odin falls asleep. In the past few months, I have found myself on more than one occasion putting a movie on for little O or handing him my phone to play with. It usually happens when I’m beyond exhausted and have tried my best to keep up with my wild boy.
Sometimes I lay in bed and try with all my might to keep Odin in bed with me so that I don’t have to chase. Piles of books and other distractions to keep him occupied so I can lay there with my eyes closed for just a few more moments.