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…

14 responses to “Solemnity

  1. You both are doing such a great job, and maintaining a healthy relationship through it all just shows how strong your bond is to begin with.

    Good luck back at work!

  2. good luck with the return to work, im sure that will be quite an adjustment for everyone.

    the pics of miles are great, he is SUCH a cutie!!! 😉

  3. Aww, I wish you had more 24/7 time together (with extended non-work breaks for downtime as well).

    Kudos on staying so strong together. What a lucky little Miles.

  4. I hope the return to work goes well. You two have done a great job in working together to take care of Miles and each other, I am sure that will not stop once you go back to work.
    his faces are great!

  5. I have to be honest, I’m a little jealous that you get to go to work! Greta only had 3 days off (including the day I gave birth) and it’s HARD! Glad you had the 3 weeks, though. Tell Nutella to talk to me as ew’re in the exact same boat!

  6. Good luck with getting back to work, I’m sure it will take a lot of getting used to for you all. I haven’t been catching up on blogs too often lately but have to say I appreciate your honesty with the hard moments too – it’s refreshing and nice to read. (And I don’t mean nice in a bad way, more so a ‘there will be moments when we don’t cope well but look everyone else has that too’ way).

    And of course, he is gorgeous so loving the pics!

  7. Good luck going back to work! Miles is quite the cutie, love all the pics!

  8. Oh, and good luck to Nutella. May his naps be long enough for showers and sneaking a quick lunch!

  9. Best of luck to you both!

  10. reproducinggenius

    It makes sense that going back to work would present a new parent with conflicting emotions–what a challenging transition to face. And yet, you two are a strong couple, and you’ll find your ways through it, I’m sure.

    I too appreciate your honesty about these first weeks. It’s so important to see how others are working through these times so that those of us on our way there can begin making mental preparations.

    I wish you all the best through the transition. xoxo

  11. The transition is hard, but you can do it.
    The pictures are so cute!

    Take care of yourselves!!!

  12. Good luck with your tranistion back to work. I love the third picture from the top; what a cutie you have!

  13. Next in Line

    I am loving reading your blog. I am so impressed with you two and how you work together and taking notes for when we get there. I have learned so much about what to expect already. Thanks for sharing! Little Miles looks amazing. I am sure the transition will feel weird and then you will find your way through it together.

  14. It must be so hard to go back to work. I wish you the best of luck with the transition. Thanks for sharing the pictures–Miles is such a cutie!

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