I'm the youngest of 4 and was the only one NOT born in august. I'm also the only child that wasn't born on a Thursday. How does that even happen? I guess I really have always carved my own path. Growing up I envied my siblings summer birthdays and hated that mine was in the middle of winter. For whatever reason, I always wanted to have a pool party for my birthday and was bummed to know that I'd never have one. Sounds so silly, but it was a big deal as a kid. Now, as an adult, I've grown to love my winter birthday.
It's been about a year since I left my career as a teacher, to stay home with Elias. I'm quite the people pleaser, so deciding to stay home was really tough for me. I received a lot of support from some, but then very little from others. As a teacher, I was respected, people were proud. But when I said I wanted to stay home to raise my baby.. well, that was irresponsible and a waste of a college degree. I'm not gonna lie, it hurt.
Dave came home from work one night last week and immediately took Elias out of my arms. He told me to go get coffee, or sushi or get my nails done. He told me I needed a break and to find something to do just for me. I could have cried. I didn't argue, though I felt odd giving in so easily. I chose a mani + pedi and even though I was only gone for 2 hours, I came back feeling rejuvenated. Refreshed. I felt like a new woman. I felt like a better mom. I couldn't thank my husband enough for hearing me, for listening and for helping.
When I was a teacher I cherished my weekends. Dave and I both worked Mon.-Fri. jobs, so as soon as we got home on Friday, we would leave. We would do as much as physically possible on our 2 days off together- dinner out, shop, visit family + friends, go to concerts. We would cram every sort of activity imaginable in to our two days off together and rarely rested. I remember feeling so drained come Sunday evening and wishing for just 1 more day to rest before the new work week started. Now that Elias is here and I'm not teaching anymore, I cherish those 2 days off with Dave even more then I did before. It's our time to be a family of 3, together, all day, for 2 whole days. But they're a lot different now... they're slower. Much slower.
Hi! I'm Rachel and this is my first blog post of what I know to be many. So here it goes.
They say, "babies change everything" and I've found over the last 14 weeks that this saying is very, VERY true. Since I had my son, Elias, my life has changed in so many ways. My daily routines, body, lack of sleep are a few obvious changes- but my passions, career choice, out look on life, who I want to be, my marriage.. that all changed too.