I, Strawberry, return to work tomorrow after having had 3 full weeks off. It’s going to be quite an adjustment, although part of me looks forward to the “normality” of work once again. Spending 24/7 with a newborn can be quite trying at times, I’m not going to lie. Episodes of colic can certainly make a parent ache to get away. But of course, those times when he is sweet and thoughtful, contemplating the sunlight streaming in from the window, the feel of the blanket in his fist, or one of his moms’ faces in front of him…those times I will miss for sure.
Curly is two and half weeks old and those days have been filled with highs and lows. A newborn is all needs, and when you fill those needs and he still cries, it becomes a state of chaos and confusion. On the other hand, he is a beautiful wonder. He is a perfect, tiny human being who is learning to deal with his body and his senses, no easy task. We await the day he will show us his smile, when he will reach for us while knowing exactly what he is doing. When he is full of thoughts and imagination and reason and want, and not simply a creature of reflex and need.
I had been worried about how a baby would affect Nutella’s and my relationship, and truth be told, it takes a strong couple to get through the first few weeks. But we have been relying on each other, supporting each other, honest with each other and always there for one another and it has been wonderful. Each of our mothers has come over to watch Curly for a couple hours last week while we got out to have some couple time and I highly recommend that to new parents, whoever the trusted caregiver might be. I am hoping Nutella will be ok when I go back to work. Much of what we’ve been doing these past few weeks has been a joint effort and it will be an adjustment on both our parts.
And now, I will end this post with the many faces of Curly…