It’s been an interesting past couple of weeks as we continue to adjust to life as new parents. Or, as Marty McFly might say, “It’s been… educational!”
We’ve recently had a Valentine’s Day day trip to dinner and a movie, a pediatrician check-up visit (he’s just over 16 lbs now and doing fine!), and just last night, we fed him his first bit of rice cereal — the first food he’s eaten that hasn’t been straight from his momma (errr… in some form or another).
Last night I was carrying the garbage bags out to the snow-covered curb when I saw one of my neighbors as he was walking his dog. The man, who’s probably in his late 40’s, early 50’s, is a father himself (I think his kid/kids are all grown up now though) and when he saw me he said, “Heeeey! How’s the baby?!”
I chuckled sheepishly and responded, “Good…. LOUD!”
“I know,” he laughed. “I hear him! It’s a transition!”
“…you hear him when you’re walking your dog??”
“Yeah … I hear him… allll the time! I know man, it’s a transition!”
Not really knowing what else to say, I nodded, verbalized my agreement, and headed back inside. “A transition” is probably a masterpiece of understatement, but it’s certainly truth. The last time life changed drastically was when I got married almost 8 years ago. There really aren’t too many moments in life where things change SO much all at once. But having a baby is probably the biggest change you can have in your life — especially when you’re used to life a certain way.
But it’s a transition that parents need to make and live with. Will just turned 4 and a half months and he’s changing all the time. It’s certainly been an interesting time already!