Archive for July, 2007

The Balancing Act
July 9, 2007

Hi everyone! Sorry it’s taken a while to get back to my blogging, but as many of you know, getting back to business after having a baby becomes a balancing act. I finally feel like I have a routine going and I am enjoying the “balance” of work and family. Helena is now four and a half months old and I can’t even remember what life was like without her. She has a killer smile and it melts my heart every time I see it.

I have learned I can survive on much less sleep than I ever thought possible. When I am awake, I get a lot more done. I have become a master of multitasking. As a news reporter, I thought I was pretty good before, but being a mom has given me super powers. I can schedule appointments, cook and/or clean with baby in hand. I used to get up an hour before I had to be at work. Now, I get up three hours earlier and use every minute. My morning is planned with the same vigilance our producers time our newscasts: 6 a.m., wake up; 6:03, feed Helena; 6:15, change diaper; 6:30, hope I can have coffee and read the paper while she plays with toys; 6:35, that doesn’t work because we watch Eeebee Baby instead!

Helena has become the center of our world. Even as I write this and prepare to anchor the news she is always on my mind. I guess, before she came along, I must have spent a lot of time thinking about myself or my wants. Becoming a mom makes you realize how much better life is when you spend your time caring for others. Dennis and I used to love to go to fancy restaurants and plan spontaneous trips. Now, we get excited about our daughter’s digestive accomplishments — from burps to the color of her diapers, this is now normal dinnertime conversation. We also spend a lot of time discussing her sleep cycles and why she will sleep eight hours one night and get up every three hours the next. The odds of figuring this out are probably greater than winning Powerball, but myself and many other moms will keep on trying!

I think the reason new parents spend so much time talking about the difficulties of sleep deprivation and other baby woes is because it’s harder to put the good stuff into words. I will try to do it here. Having a child flips a switch in your heart that lights up your world even on the darkest of days. Because of Helena I see the world from a new perspective. I laugh harder, worry more and love more deeply. She is a blessing that just makes you want to say thank you every day.