It is hard to believe that our little monkey is over one month old already! This journey into parenthood is teaching us so much and is a bigger challenge, albeit a welcomed one, than we could have ever known. This morning, I was standing in line at the Center for Women’s Health reception desk for my 6 week postpartum visit and there was another gal in front of me with her 3 week old. We got to talking about the fact that no matter how many times people make comments like, “Your lives will be forever changed,” it is not something you can truly comprehend until you take your sweet little baby home from the hospital. We spoke of our sleep deprivation, and joked about how much longer it takes to complete tasks that we thought were simple before – such as making the trip to the doctor’s office.
Monday was Josh’s first day back to work after taking 5 weeks off for Family Leave. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to go back in since because that evening he came down with a bad cold and has been completely out of commission all week. We decided that night that it would be best if he head down to the man cave in hopes that it might lessen the chances of passing the cold onto Little Monkey or myself. So far so good. It would just break my heart if our 5-week-old (almost six) caught a cold!
The next day (Tuesday), I took Pug to the vet with Monkey and I joked with the receptionist that I felt like I had three babies – the real baby, Pug, and my husband who was home sick with a cold. She laughed and said, “I’ll bet I can guess which is the biggest baby of them all!” Ha!
After this week of doing this on my own, I have an even greater empathy for all of the single parents out there! But if at any moment I have felt overwhelmed, I just look into this precious boy’s eyes and feel a strong sense of joy to know that I am holding our little miracle in my arms!