I live very close to a mall and find it nice sometimes to go walk around there, as long as it isn't the holiday season. I started doing this much more frequently once L arrived because the weather has just been so gross. Normally on these trips the only people who would talk to me are sales people. But now with L (who I normally wear because she doesn't like being in the stroller if she's indoors) people will strike up conversations with me. While at Starbucks I got sucked into one of those "it goes so quickly" conversations with a fellow mom, who shared that her oldest had graduated college and her youngest was 13. Sometimes questions get the conversation rolling. I had someone ask me this week about wearing L in the Ergo, if it was comfortable, etc. She didn't have any kids with her, and I couldn't help but wonder if I was talking to a fellow infertile. I have only anecdotals to back up my opinion here, but I feel like infertiles are much more into planning and researching than fertiles are. Case in point: my cousin had trouble with breastfeeding, so she quit whereas a high school friend who tried for years (with a loss along the way) spent hours on kellymom when she had breastfeeding troubles and now is an active part of Facebook groups that provide support to breastfeeding moms.
So...yeah...becoming a mom has changed my life without question but it's also in ways I had not imagined. I was always on the go, a master multi-tasker. While I still multi-task, I've learned to let go of some tasks that just aren't as important as they used to be. I watch less TV and spend a lot less time surfing around the internet. While L seems to age at a lightning speed, otherwise life has taken a much slower pace. I enjoy sitting in the car, letting L finish up a nap. I still heed the "sleep when the baby sleeps" advice and take a nap in the afternoon.
Anyway, I need to go investigate where Ladybug's 10 week update went!