I found this unfinished post sitting in a draft folder almost 4 months after creating it. The fact that it has no headline, and is unfinished seems appropriate. So now I’m posting it as is.
One year as a parent.
It changes your perspective on things. Life is different. Here are a few of the things I’ve noticed.
1. News stories, movies, or TV shows where kids get hurt? I can’t. Just can’t do it anymore.
2. Before I was a parent, parents would totally annoy me with that “oh, you’ll know someday" tone. And the look that went with the tone? It was so annoying. Now? I get it.
3. But it never ends. Now its: “How old is he? 10 months? Oh, just wait.." or "you only have one? Oh, wait ‘til you have more…"
4. Smiles and laughter. There’s nothing better.
5. Ferris Bueller was right, life moves pretty fast. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by.
6. When it comes to being sleepless and tired, I actually have a lot of pre-parent experience. For more than 10 years I worked either overnights, or early (4am) shifts. I know what tired is.
Parenting tired is mentally tired. You have to be 100% alert, because the responsibility is always 100% yours. It’s a different tired. It’s not harder, it’s not worse, it’s different.
7. Time management and priority decision making is more important than ever. He’s napping… I have 60, maybe 90 minutes to get something done. What do I do?
8. Leaving the house is totally different than before. I think it was on a Buzzfeed list that said “it’s like you’re going to the airport every time you leave the house.” Yep. Oh, and zippers.
9. God bless Kirkyard Public House. Our neighborhood bar has high chairs. Did you hear me? Our. Neighborhood. Bar. Has. High. Chairs.