I had every intension on posting these closer together. But the good ol’ stomach flu kinda throws things off sometimes. I’m hoping the next 6 steps will come at a more rapid pace. Here are some links to keep you up to speed on the series thus far.
step 01 // narrow your playing field
step 02 // don’t victimize yourself
step 03 // make yourself a priority
step 05 // put down your phone
step 06 // break routine
step 07 // go to church
step 08 // share the care
step 09 // wait
step 04 // get away
We left our daughter for 4 nights in a row, overnight, when she was only 5 months old. I know, I know, many parents couldn’t possibly THINK of leaving their child over night when they were 12 months old, not to mention only 5. Those of you who aren’t parents are probably like, “5 months?! That’s how long you waited? I would be gone in 3,” when in reality it’s a lot harder than you expect. It was really hard to leave.
But trust me, it was quite possibly the best decision we ever made. Jazz and I were going nuts with cabin fever and exhaustion. We needed a break, time to be alone. So we spent a long weekend in Chicago. We slept in, drank gorgeous coffee, stayed up late and listened to jazz. We were shocked and amazed to realize that we had been sharing life with the most fun and adventurous, not to mention hottest, person in the world for the past 5 months.
“Really, we’ve been living in the same house all this time? Where have you been?”
Yes, I had to pump at the brewery and the coffee shop and many restaurants –thank God for manual pumps and hooter hiders– but that trip left us feeling refreshed and energized with the ability to be better parents and partners. And guess what, the baby was fine! THE BABY WILL BE FINE! So, whether it’s a girl’s night, a bike trip with friends or a short, second honeymoon, do yourself a favor and get out of Dodge! In fact, we are going a way for stint here in April. And it will be refreshing and amazing and life giving. And everything will be fine. Let me repeat myself:
EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE!!!