Sitting at the dinner table this weekend, Dylan and I were asking, “What the heck did we do last Memorial Day?” Was our house up for sale yet? Had we just been released from an unexpected visit to the NICU? We couldn’t remember. Time and sleepless nights has a way of erasing the days that were painful to live.
By now, people are asking if I’ve recovered from baby’s first year. I’m not sure you recover from the addition of a child into your family. Like all major life transitions, I don’t thinking bouncing back is an option.
I made a loaf of focaccia this morning that turned out perfectly. Crispy bottom, a soft spring in a chew, with coarse grains of salt sprinkled on top. I sliced a square and made the perfect sandwich, munching away at my desk while working from home.
The bread had a bounce to it that made me smile.
The balls in her tiny ball pit bounce when she launches herself, face-first, into the foam pit.
Her toes bounce as she tries to master walking with a bow-legged gait.
I bounce her on my knees and in my arms, through sleep regressions and teething.
I bounce in the kitchen, trying to cook dinner one handed as a new toddler asks for crackers with a scream.
I haven’t bounced back. And, it’s not just about the return to pre-pregnancy jeans.
Folks are asking me when we’ll do it again – create another child – and I don’t have an answer there yet.
I’m too busy bouncing in between work and play and her room and my bed and on the floor on my knees and crawling quickly up the stairs. I’m bouncing to catch up, bending to put my hair into a messy ponytail that moves with me, bouncing forward.
May the forward motion be beautiful, rather than asking me to hop back to a version of me that no longer exists – pant size or not.