Have you ever noticed that when people have children, they disappear off of the face of the earth for months? Why is that?
Well, having a child (especially your first child) is all-consuming, and frankly, many new parents are just too tired to leave the house. I know that in our childless years of marriage (the first 6 years), we watched many of our friends have a baby and then become parental recluses.
We used to think that the life change to having children was such a tragedy to their social lives and that we would never let children happen to us (not that our lives were that social anyway, but at least we had the option to be social).
After we had Leighton, we also became parental hermits. I was scared to leave the house because I didn't want anyone breathing germs onto my new baby. Breastfeeding also meant only getting about an hour break to leave the house so leaving as a family was pretty difficult as I did not want to have to feed the baby in a public place. Yes, we were tired too... and so we began to understand the disappearances of our friends with children.
However, after having Cambridge, I feel like we have done the opposite. Cambridge is another "easy" baby, and Leighton is finally at an age where he is fun to take to new and exiting paces (well, as "fun" as taking a strong-willed 3-year-old can be). Those things combined (and the recent acquisition of the mini van) allow us the freedom to be able to take our family to the store, to restaurants, to the Mall of America, to the cabin, and hopefully to more fun places this summer.
The weekends used to be for relaxing, but with a family, staying home together isn't always very relaxing. It is good to get out of the house on the evenings and weekends - it keeps us all from killing ourselves or each other, and it wears out the 3-year-old, and that can only be good for everyone!
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!