Enjoying the child-free days

I think I’ve subconsciously been living it up this summer to get as much hassle-free fun in before my life changes forever. I’ve indulged in weeknight movies, coffee dates and concerts (I even drove to Chicago after work one day to go see Josh Groban with my friend Amanda, then took the next day off and spent it shopping and relaxing in Naperville)… weekend festivals, races and lazy days of sleeping in.

It’s been wonderful!

But recently I’ve been thinking about just how much this baby is going to disrupt our usual routine of do whatever you want when you want (as long as you show up to work and church on time).

While driving back from our picture perfect Michigan vacation, I commented to Peter how much different – more complicated – this trip would have been if it were a year from now. We wouldn’t have just packed our bags, driven the convertible to Manitowoc and hopped on a ferry, where we conveniently fell asleep in Wisconsin and woke up in Michigan. There would be a lot more logistics – carseat, diapers, feeding schedule, sleep schedule and I don’t even know what else. The whole family couldn’t have just headed over to the dune climb (no way you’d want to carry an infant up that steep incline! We were crawling on our hands and feet.) Heading out in the afternoon sun for a game of bocce ball would have involved a stroller and a time limit.

On one hand, visiting places like the State Fair (like we did 2 weeks ago) and the zoo (where we had our first escapade Friday night at A la Carte) are going to be made so much more special with the addition of a child. I was intensely fascinated by the kangaroos carrying their babies around in their pouches (!!!), but I know looking at it with a child would bring even more joy.

And how much would a little kid love this freaking adorable lamb at the State Fair?

I almost died of cuteness overload.

But when the time comes to experience these things with our child, the days of peacefully enjoying our A la Carte samplings while listening to live music will probably be few and far between.

Our fair priorities will go from deep-fried Snickers consumption to stroller navigation (my annoyance with strollers in crowds could be its own blog post, so we’ll see if my opinion changes once I am the driver of one).

I’m trying not to take the little things for granted anymore. You know, the little things like only having to worry about getting myself ready for church in the morning, being able to head out for a date without worrying about childcare, traveling with ease and 7:30 being a super early time for me to wake up in the morning (it’s true).

They’ll be small sacrifices in the long run, but right now I’m going to enjoy this pre-parenthood stage while I’m still in it.

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5 thoughts on “Enjoying the child-free days

  1. Lauren says:

    You know you can always move back to Naperville!! Kevin & I will gladly babysit our new niece or nephew whenever you want to go out for a date night!

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