Cheers to the New Chapter Titled, “Mama”

1398564_10201291798511126_949485173_oOur sweet Baby boy was born in November and the last 3 months have been a complete life changing experience.  When I used to hear that phrase, “life changing”, from parents, they would say it with a smile on their face and make it seems like having a child was such a great thing!  And it is, don’t get me wrong, but I would describe the first month and half or two as a beautifully catastrophic, chaotic kind of life changing experience.

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I thought I would have a baby, take a month or two off and return to my life without missing a beat.  I expected to be back on the dance floor in January and told everyone about my plan.  HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  Boy, was I naive! I had NO CLUE what was about to happen to my dance lifestyle.

Over Christmas, I was trying to figure out how to get back into the dance studio.  The thought of fitting in 4 or 5 dance classes/practices a week was giving me total anxiety; not because I didn’t want it, but because I couldn’t fit that time into my schedule.  With Baby’s nursing schedule, I can only be away from him for a little bit at a time.  Taking him with me was not an option.  So I made a decision.  I picked the one class that fit the best into Baby’s nursing schedule and Travis’s availability to take care of him while I was gone.  I returned to the dance floor in February.  So now I’m dancing ONLY ONCE A WEEK!!!  It’s a hard reality, but I keep telling myself that it’s only temporary.  Again, I have my whole life to dance.  As much as I hate putting dance on the back burner, I’m happy and grateful that I’m at least able to have that one class per week.

1979509_10202106821926202_1521593066_nHaving a baby changed my whole perspective and life style.  I used to just be able to hop in my car at any time of day or night and drive up to an hour for a practice, dance lesson, or a group class.  Now my first priority is my family.  I don’t have the luxury of time anymore so what I choose to do with it is very important and valuable to me.

Looking back, I am so glad that I took all the dance opportunities that were presented to me, because it will be a while before I can get back into dance 100%.  I miss the pre-Baby dance lifstyle, but I feel good about my decision, my new life, my new chapter titled, Mama :)

 

2 Responses to “Cheers to the New Chapter Titled, “Mama””

  1. TC 01. Apr, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Awwww…congratulations, Dancing Mama!

    So…is he going to dance latin or standard? ;)

  2. yana 02. Apr, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    Thanks, TC! He’s going to know the basics of all…but what he will do with them will be up to him :)

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