oh, baby – it’s time to slow down

31 Mar

I had a baby 12 days ago, and today is my husband’s first day back at work. This means several things:

  • I’m wildly in love with a new, little person.
  • My kids are doing significantly less math.
  • My home is a mess.

I’m completely fine with these three things. Look at this face and try and tell me that a sink full of dishes is a big deal…

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This is Adelveiss Leigh Burns. Her first name is inspired by the edelweiss flower and is the result of me watching The Sound of Music during early pregnancy. This, of course, is her song:

Her middle name is also my mother’s middle name. A beautiful name now shared by two beautiful ladies πŸ™‚

I want my babies to slow me down, slow me way down, and Adel has been doing just that. The determined writer who spent the winter waking up at 5:30 and milked each hour of the day for more writing time is now in hibernation, replaced by a mama bear more interested in the quality of her milk supply than the number of her word count. I’m catching up on reading and going over flawed story aspects as well as potential fixes, but they circle in the far back of my mind, and I only let my attention drift there when all else has gone quiet.

Wake up time has been moved to 9 AM, the to-do list has been abandoned, and my expectations have been… significantly adjusted.

Here is all I want out of today:

  • Make some food
  • Make homemade play dough with the “big” kids
  • Love my family and myself well
  • Bless God

Dishes and toilets and word counts don’t make the list; they will soon enough because babies grow too quickly, but not yet.

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3 Responses to “oh, baby – it’s time to slow down”

  1. laurigirl April 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    I LOVE this post! Enjoy your sweet little Adel, and treasure every moment! You and I both know how fast it goes by.. πŸ˜‰ You;re doing the right thing, mom!

  2. Rachel April 2, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    ❀ Slowing down is so much easier to embrace by baby #4 when the reality of just how quickly it passes has fully sunk in!

    She's lovely!

    • ohdustin April 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

      It’s so true! I felt that way about Piper too, mostly because I thought she was going to be my last πŸ˜‰

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