Alternate Universe

photo credit: Elly Prestegard

I’ve been living in the baby bubble for almost three weeks now, this alternate universe where the world revolves around a tiny bundle of eat, cry, cuddle, and sleep. We snatch meals when we can, grab showers between feedings, and do laundry a lot. I’ve been wearing the same easy clothes for days – jeans and sweats which are very forgiving when it comes to spit-up and lint from baby blankets. I run a brush through my hair, and wash it every two or three days (which would only be possible in a climate as dry as it is here in Dallas). Though I brought my makeup bag with me, I never removed it from the suitcase.

It’s easy to forget that December is here and there are holiday plans swirling in the air, necessitating things like shopping and socializing. But at the end of next week, I’ll be going back to Michigan, re-entering normality’s orbit, and I’m a teensy bit nervous about it. Being in this insular world of life with newborn is safe and cozy. Our only objective is to make sure the baby is fed, clean, happy, and adored.

That’s easy.

At least in comparison to life at home where the demands of the normal universe can be so intrusive. There are bills to pay, houses to clean, appointments to keep. Friends wills be calling, as will the thousand and one responsibilities that await me in that other life I’ve been living for the past 55 years, the one I call “real.” Here, no one expects me to do anything but grandmothering and it’s a nice relief to have only one job to do, and a completely satisfying one at that.

So next week I’ll be preparing myself (at least mentally) for re-entry into life outside the baby bubble. I expect it might take a little time to decompress, to absorb all the changes that have occurred in my life and heart during the preceding 30 days.

But I’m sure real life will wait for me.

It always does.

 

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17 thoughts on “Alternate Universe

  1. I’m a bit sad for you… I wish you could stay in your alternate universe a while longer, too! I know I’ve enjoyed getting the updates. I don’t know if your son and daughter-in-law have more visitors coming… but I’m a bit nervous for them, too. For me this is the hardest part… when everyone leaves. But eventually all must get acclimated to normal life and its daily routines. I’m still so glad you were able to have this time… it’s fleeting but precious.

    • We’re coming back for another week at Christmas time, and I could stay a bit longer if necessary. But you’re right, eventually they have to do it on their own. And they will – just like we all do!

  2. Time sure does fly in that baby bubble, doesn’t it? 🙂

    What a blessing to have you helping out with the baby during these first few weeks! It’s all so overwhelming with your first baby, and I was grateful for any help anyone was willing to offer.

    • The first weeks are hard – actually, there are difficult times all along, but it’s pretty overwhelming at first. I’m glad I could be here for all of it, and sure wished I lived close enough to come over every day like my mom did for me.

  3. What a wonderful time you have had to spend with young Connor, the next time you see him in a couple of weeks, he’ll have changed a bunch and may even be driving a car by then. 🙂

    Have a good trip back to the icy tundra and keep thinking those warm baby thoughts.

  4. The best part is that, even though you’re leaving, you’ll be coming back relatively soon. That will be good for you, but for Mom and Dad, too. They need their time in their little bubble, too – even though love-bubbles are infinitely expandable and there will be plenty of room for you when you go back!

  5. Good luck with re-entry, Becca. I know you’ll be back– and you’ll see growth exponentially. Now, it’s on to the holiday dance. What makes me think you’ll be buying lots of baby-boy things?!

  6. How wonderful, Becca, and congratulations! What a wonderful bubble to be in. I am sure you will carry the “bubble effect” with you upon returning north. That is part of the bliss of babies – they wreak magic.
    Congrats to your whole family. And I hope you’re playing the piano for the wee one to hear!

    • I don’t have a piano here, but he responds really well to singing. We’ve made up lots of songs for the different things he likes to do.

      It’s ironic – he seems to love to hear my husband tell stories and hear me sing. My husband is actually a wonderful singer, and I’m the storyteller in the family. Go figure!

  7. You sound so content. I can’t wait to get my hands on my new granddaughter. She will arrive on the 28th. My DIL’s mother will be there the first weeks. We will not go until January. It isn’t easy to wait but the reward will be entirely worth it.

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