In the months leading up to Shortcake’s arrival, I used to see a promo for an upcoming show on TLC that looked at how families were integrating a new baby into their lives. At one point during the ad, a parent-to-be proclaimed, “This baby isn’t going to change our lives.”
I haven’t seen that ad airing much lately. But I often wonder if the parent-to-be was able to make that proclamation come true or not.
Because pretty much from the first time I saw Shortcake’s little heart beat flickering on the sonogram, my life was irrevocably changed.
Here are just a few of the ways my life has changed since Shortcake has arrived.
· I used to justify the expense of our HBO subscription because I wanted to watch the peak TV shows like Westworld and Game of Thrones. Now I justify the extra expense of an HBO subscription because we can watch new episodes of Sesame Street and the revived Electric Company.
· I used to think that our Amazon Fire stick was a great way to stream shows on Netflix. I now realize that it’s a great way to stream YouTube videos for Shortcake. Specifically, she loves the animated version of “Baby Shark” which we have watched together at least a zillion times.
· I find that instead of songs I hear on the radio getting s tuck in my head, I’ve got “Baby Shark” and “Let’s Drive in the Car” stuck in my head. And I will hum or sing them aloud as I go through my day.
· I used to enjoy the solitude of a nice jog. Now I find myself feeling lonely or sad if I can’t take Shortcake along in her jogging stroller. And even if she’s not with me, I will still narrate the entire trip as if she’s there, getting odd looks from other runners who pass me.
· I will do just about anything to make this little girl happy. Things I would NEVER do for any other person in the world. Shortcake loves food she can feed herself, especially Goldfish crackers (note to self: buy stock in Pepperidge Farms) and cold cereal. Her eyes light up and she gives me a huge grin when she sees them headed for her high-chair tray. And she’ll eat a few and then look at her bounty and them up at me. She then will pick up a goldfish or piece of cereal in her wet, sticky fingers and hold it up to me. This is an indication she wants to share it with me. I will then bend down and eat the offering out of her hand – even if it’s already slimy or she’s licked it for me. Again, I would NEVER do this for any other person in the world.
· Before Shortcake, when I bought a gallon of milk, I’d try to find the container with the longest expiration date. Now that she’s drinking milk, I am not as concerned about this since odds are she will drink the entire gallon at least six days before the expiration date. (Note to self: Find out if I can invest in Big Dairy for my 401K fund).
Looking back on the last sixteen months, I marvel at the wonderful changes Shortcake has brought into my life. Sure I don’t get as much sleep as I used to and I’m two seasons behind on Game of Thrones (but we’re caught up on Sesame Street!). But I wouldn’t trade these changes for anything…