Are Postpartum Hormones Making Me Crazy?
I have an amazing group of moms that meet up weekly for all of our infants to interact. Although the babies are only 6 months old, it is so fun to watch them reach for one another, play and babble. The only problem is that some of the moms live in different counties. The equal meeting point is a half hour away for us at an outdoor mall. I feel like I might go crazy if I stay in the house for another minute, so I load up Anjali and head out.
I always made fun of the moms that had the Baby on Board signs in their cars. Now that I live in Florida however, you better believe with all of the crazy drivers I have a huge window screen proudly proclaiming to stay away from my Baby on Board. Even with my obnoxious baby sign, I drive in the slow lane the whole time as I make my way down to the playdate, with my hands clenched at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel.
I watch all of the people texting and talking on their phones swerving in traffic and tailgating, as always think every car is going to hit me. The thought of anything happening to Anjali in the car sends a jolt of fear through me that is nearly incomprehensible. Since having a baby my morbid thoughts have definitely increased, but I am hopeful as time goes on I will get my street savvy nature back as my hormones regulate again. Hormones or not, I realize that my carefree days before motherhood have disappeared like the highway in my rearview mirror.
I pull up to Starbucks and see Stefanie and Laura and Lisa with the strollers circled and I realize that even though I may be driving extra cautious, the drive is worth every minute. Anjali smiles when she sees her friends, I feel blissful as I sip my beloved soy, decaf latte and enjoy a wonderful afternoon out of the house with friends who get my new life as mom.
Ready? Set? Go!
Please tell me I am not the only one that has experienced a surprising change like driving super cautious because I think every car is out to hit me. What is a funny or interesting change you have experienced in your habits since having a baby?