Monday, December 3, 2007

Fun Monday



This week's Fun Monday assignment is from Robin's Nest. Here is what she has requested:

In honor of exhaustion, color and self-love, I present you with this week’s assignment. I want you to dig through your blog files and show us your best effort. Why you consider it your best is up to you. C’mon, you know you have a favorite - show it to me one more time.


I've chosen this post from 5 months ago. Aaron was 11 months and it was during a time when I really felt tied down. Now, I am STILL tied to him for most of the day but he has already matured so much that I no longer have that feeling of being tied down. We're just buddies who hang out all day long. I still like this list though, and I'll definitely remind myself of these things if I ever think of having another baby.

10 Things to do before baby arrives

Having a baby is a package deal. You get all the cute and cuddly time as well as the screaming tantrums and sleepless nights. While I am comfortable with the parenting choices I have made, I still wish I took the time to appreciate certain aspects of my baby-less life before Aaron arrived. So, to all parents to be:

1) Spend an entire day surfing the internet. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in front of the computer so that you won't waste a single second of it. After the baby arrives, there is no more time for frivolous sites....you just log on, do what you have to do and then jump off again.

2) Spend an entire day watching DVDs! Its been 11 months and I still haven't watched a single DVD uninterrupted.

3) Go out for a really expensive (and of course tasty) meal at a restaurant with good ambiance. After the baby, its either no outside food, take out food or if you're lucky, family friendly restaurants.

4) While at the expensive restaurant, appreciate the calm and quiet meal that you are having. Eat slowly. With a baby, you're probably only going to get a bite in between his/her bites.

5) Don't get frustrated if you find yourself with nothing to do and a little bored. Just sit there and BE BORED.

6) If you're a mom-to-be, glug down a can of softdrink. I miss my COKE! Somehow, what I eat/drink filters through the breast milk and the coloring/additives/preservatives would just give Aaron (and me!) a sleepless night.

7) If you're a dad-to-be, take the time to talk to the mom-to-be. After the baby arrives, all you may hear is 'SHUSH, the baby is sleeping'

8) Relax frequently with long showers or baths. I find that showers post Aaron are usually a rushed 2 mins. Don't worry, I'm still clean.....I just got efficient at showering.

9) Moms-to be, wear jewelery, especially long earrings. Wear your hair down if its long. Wear lipstick. Wear a strapless dress and heels. LOOK GOOD!

10) Dads-to-be, enjoy your current household chores. After the baby arrives, there will be a whole lot more.

21 comments:

Robinella said...

I so relate to 5, 7, 9.

Oh and you are on the list. :-)

John said...

An excellent choice for a repost.

Sandy said...

What a great post! and what an amazing difference there is between an 11 month old baby and a 16 month old toddler, huh?

Bilbo said...

As a father, I worked design rather than production, but I can really relate to your list...especially 4, 5, and 10. Aaron is a lucky fellow!

Nap Warden said...

I wish I had this list before the babies came;)

Tiggerlane said...

GREAT list! I should have had that before giving birth. Of course, they are SO much easier to take care of when they are INSIDE.

Oh, The Joys said...

What a great list!

I might add #11 Poop in private for the last time.

A Slice of Life said...

This cracks me up. They never really tell you how much work that sweet little tiny baby is going to be!

Susan at A Slice of Life

Kaycie said...

It's been so long since there was a baby in my house that I had forgotten how it changes your life. Great post!

Lil Mouse (Jill) said...

thanks for this. i'm saving it on my email for future reference and sending it my hubby. he's in a hurry to have kids and i think this might be a reality check for him!

ChrisB said...

This brought back long ago memories!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Good advice to enjoy it while you can!

The Enterprise Christmas Party is now running!

Karmyn R said...

Yes, all those are very very true!!!


Dreaming What Ifs...

Willowtree said...

They seem like pretty good points.

lisa's chaos said...

Excellent ideas. Live it up while you can. :)

Kellan said...

This was so cute and so true. I loved, "Just sit there and BE BORED." - just be bored!! Take care. Kellan

WorksForMom said...

This is absolutely PERFECT, it should be given out to couples in Lamaze class! :)

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

Oh, I remember those days. The BC (before child) days. Sorta. Kinda. Not really :0

Ami said...

I can't remember what life was like before kids, seriously.

But now that mine are older, I have found that when I take the time to really clean something, it stays that way. No more instant clutter.

And I can make THEM clean it up if they mess it up.

On a personal note, what an adorable little boy you have!

Serina Hope said...

This is a good one. Great repost!!

egan said...

This is a very good list. I will vouch for all twenty if you need me to.