Sunday, October 24, 2010

The comfort of routine

I am a creature of habit. Or I guess, more accurately, routine. One of the hardest things for me during the first few months of the Chicklette's outside-of-my-body existence was the fact that everything was so unpredictable. It was impossible to create a routine. And it drove me NUTS.

Now we've got a routine in the Chicklette's life (with a few curveballs like, oh, CRAWLING thrown in here and there), but the rest of life is a bit of a mess. I'm on the road a LOT for work, and my marriage....well, you know. There are good days and bad days. And certainly very few ROUTINE days.

So today, rain tapping on the skylights, I decided it was good day to insert a bit of our old (as in pre-baby) routine into life. With the Chicklette in her Bumbo on the kitchen floor chewing on a plastic spoon, I pulled out the Crock Pot -- dusty from about a year of disuse -- and put together a pot roast. I'd hastily pulled the ingredients off the shelves during yesterday's grocery run, and I think I did OK. We'll see in about 8 hours.

Tonight at 5, we'll sit down at the dining room table (one of us in a high chair), pour a glass of red, light a fire in the fireplace, and have dinner. It won't solve everything, but it feels like it might be a good start.

I can't wait.


Amber said...

We're having roast today, too. Hope it's a wonderful meal with your family.

Andrea said...


I haev been an avid follower of your blog for quite sometime. I remember those days, the stomach turning anxiety, the unpredictability, the marital discord. A child, planned or by surprise, turns your life upsdie down and inside out. It will never go back to normal but you will find a way to make t work eventually, the abnormal will become the norm. A nice dinner with babe involved sounds like a great way to get started back to familiar. Enjoy it!

Valerie said...

That sounds like a wonderful plan!! I'm having the same troubles.. focusing on our marriage instead of just our 2 little ones. I'm so happy for the effort. I hope it goes well.

Joyful Hope said...

I hope you had a great roast! Crockpot, glass of wine, fire in the fireplace... it all sounds great to me! Thanks for stopping by!