Busy days and sleepless nights -- welcome to parenthood. Everything changes when you have a baby especially your daily routine. However, it's important to carve out some 'me time' every now and then.
On a trip to the grocery store you don't buy any food that adults would eat, instead you spend hours browsing items like "Nursing Mom" tea, organic baby food, a cool new diaper bag, etc.
A 10-minute walk around the block replaces the gym as a major workout -- and doubles as your meditation, recreation and your only "me time."
You wear the same stained, old flannel shirt for days on end because it's comfortable and has buttons at the front for "easy access" while nursing.
On the rare occasions when you fall asleep, you have newborn-related nightmares: The baby desperately needs changing -- and there's a nationwide shortage of diapers!
You time your TV viewing against breastfeeding: Can you get the baby to nurse through an entire episode of Cake Boss?
You become obsessed with meticulously documenting the baby's every pee and poop in an attractive handmade notepad you bought on a trip to Thailand. (Later, you aren't sure why it's relevant that on 8/12/10, the baby nursed on the left breast for 24 minutes and on the right for 22.)
Dressing up means putting on a clean T-shirt and washing the spit-up out of your hair.
Trying to prove that you have time for leisure activities, you decide to bake every recipe from your "quick breads" cookbook -- and often end up with "burnt breads."
You entertain yourself by seeing if you can recall and sing the scores of entire musicals -- Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd -- to "comfort" the baby, even though the baby doesn't really find this comforting.
You spend more up-close-and-personal time with your breast pump than with your husband.