Its true what they say. About how having a baby changes your world. The centre and the focus that was you earlier is now taken over by this little person who occupies your every thought in the course of the day. I have experienced it many a ways. Take for instance, the very silly, simple task of online shopping.
Earlier I could surf for hours looking for that unique outfit or accessory, now I do the same but for A. And the time it takes me to buy stuff for myself or for Sree (my better half)? 5 mins flat. It amazes me how so much can change in such a short span of time! But this little person, under 100 cm long, does have the capacity to turn your world on its axis.
I took almost 10 months off from work just so I could devote my time to her and it worked out well. But then after the initial 7-8 months, a sense of uselessness would pervade. I was happy doing everything for A but I wanted to do something more. In short, getting back to work seemed to be ideal. And now that I'm back, I feel more useful. Nothing short of superwoman (well, not there yet but almost) :-)
A is an early riser (takes after her father), but luckily that means I get to spend the first couple of hours of my day with her, uninterrupted, unhurried. But once the clock strikes the dreaded 8.30 am I need to rush, so a bath, getting ready for work and breakfast are all slotted into a measly 45 minutes. But I don't really care, I will not compromise on those blessed two hours!
The value of time, another thing A taught me. And such a sweet lesson it was!