Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sex and Doing the Dishes

            I finally figured out how to turn my wife on, that is, since we’ve had the baby.
            Do the dishes.
            I’m serious. Washing the dishes is what turned her crank. In fact, she was even up to doing it twice. Twice in one day! Hallelujah! Sunday is a great day indeed.
            Sex life is definitely one of the major things that changes with a baby. When both people are exhausted at the end of a long day, it’s not the first thing on the mind, that’s for sure. And then, when we do finally make time for it, we have to be as quiet as possible so as not to wake the baby.
            That’s right, you read that right. The only time we seem to be able to fit it in is when Celia is sleeping in her crib right next to the bed. When Celia is awake she wants us with her. Most of the time, she wants us interacting with her at some level. Oh, she might last fifteen minutes bouncing in her jolly jumper, but only if we’re watching. She’ll crawl around and look at books on her own, but she’ll start screaming as soon as we leave the room for more than a couple of minutes. We just can’t seem to leave her alone these days, except in the early morning when she just wakes up.
            All of the regular time-slots we used to have at our beckon are demolished. Early morning, we’d wake the baby. Mid-day, the baby would fuss if we left her alone. Late at night when we usually go to bed, we’re pooped—fast asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow. There’s only one solution; go to be early, but not so early that she’s sleeping lightly. No, we have to wait till she’s fully zonked out. And then, we sneak into the room quietly. Creep over to the bed on tiptoes. And do our best to make as little noise as possible.
            I feel almost clandestine. An intruder in my own bed. 
            Not that I’m complaining. Like all things, this too will pass. I’m sure it won’t be long before we have our bedroom back to ourselves. I think, as it usually goes with babies, we have to just chalk this up to part of the experience. It’s most certainly not the end of the world, and it definitely makes us cherish those wonderful little moments we do get, when they come around.
            Like today.

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