The reason why I decided to write this article may be surprising, but after reading through this, you’ll understand perfectly clear WHY I decided to write this. When I was pregnant, there were plenty of things I made sure to do before the baby arrived planet earth, whether it was going on a date night or sleeping past 10 a.m. (Though, warning: sleeping past 7 a.m. will soon feel indulgent.) However, there is something, one thing I didn’t do enough of, which was leave. Just leave.
Now, If you are pregnant and reading this content, Here’s my instruction to you. Just stand up and walk out your front door. Right now. Just walk through that door, and close it behind you. You can decide either to bring a wallet, or not. Take or leave your cell phone, I don’t care. But all I want you to do, is just leave and don’t come back for, say, 20 minutes. Go ahead, I’ll wait while you do this.
Hey, are you Back? OK. That, my friends, is something you’ll never take for granted again.
Now My story and reason for that crazy advice is below. You see, the other day, I was taking some “me time” and spending about 45 luxurious seconds going to the bathroom when I pulled off the last of the toilet paper roll and was amazed, when I suddenly discovered that I’d forgotten to buy more the last time I was at the store. No big deal, I’ll just run out and grab some.
Please give me a few Minutes and let me briefly explain what “run out and grab some” means, in minutes, to a new mom:
- 6 minutes: You’ll take more than 6 minutes to pack up the diaper bag. It’s a short trip,. Sure, but you’ve learned the hard way to be prepared anytime and anywhere.
- 2 minutes: Brush your teeth. So what if it’s past 11 a.m. and you still haven’t done that yet? You simply don;t need to bother with makeup. It’s only a TP run, after all. It’s not like you are buying actual groceries and thus need to break out the mascara and lip gloss and be your natural self.
- 20 minutes: Feed baby. You know it has been a while since she ate, and you don’t want to be dealing with a fussy baby the minute you step outside or in the store trying to grab some goceries.
- 3 minutes: Burp baby. Easy peasy!
- 4 minutes: Depends on fast you decide to be, but it takes about 4 concrete minutes to change baby’s outfit. Not for sartorial purposes, but because that burp just came with a side of spit up. A lot of spit up. While you’re at it, you might want to change your shirt, too, since the baby Burp has soiled it.
- 5 minutes: Change baby’s diaper. That smell you were trying to ignore during the outfit change isn’t getting any better and you can’t ignore it any longer.
- 1 minute: Check the weather. Looks like baby needs a hat just in case the weather changes.
- 1 minute: Find a hat suitable for your baby.
- 4 minutes: Now you’re done, all you need to do, is to strap baby into car seat. Keep in mind, you aren’t anywhere near the car yet.
- 2 minutes: Grab your purse and keys and diaper bag and car seat and head for the door to bolt it.
- 2 minutes: Pee. All this moving around has you needing to go to the bathroom again. Halfway through, you realize the reason for all this: you are out of toilet paper.
- 1 minute: Look for a tissue, paper towel, baby wipe, anything. Maybe you don’t need toilet paper after all?
- 2 minutes: Grab everything again and head out the door for real this time.
Calculating the above time spent, you discovered that even 53 minutes later, I was finally “running out.” It took me nearly an hour to leave the house, and keep in mind that I was still in sweatpants, sneakers, and a ratty ponytail. (Truth: I realized right after I got outside that I forgot to put on deodorant but refused to turn back.)
Now what is the lesson you learnt from this story? I never realized how easy it was just to walk out the door before I had a baby that makes me smile and same time, makes me scream!. If I could go back in time, I’d tell my pregnant self to just get up — no matter how swollen my feet were — and leave. I’d tell her to enjoy the freedom of being able to decide to leave and actually leave within the same minute before the arrival of the baby that will certainly take up your time.
So, every now and then, just stop what you are doing and go for a walk around the block. Stand up and go grab a manicure. Go run to the bodega for a bag of Skittles. Go anywhere. Soon enough you’ll have one major (albeit adorable) obstacle between you and the front door.