t’s been a long day, hasn’t it? You were up before the sun, because toddlers can be jerks. And you were up in the night, because toddlers just have this need to know that you’re still there, even when they’re sleeping. And you couldn’t fall asleep last night because your ever-growing to-do list was running through your head. Over. And over. And over. And your muscles ache because you tried to exercise today, and now you wince at ever again having to use those muscles in strange places that you didn’t even know existed in your body.
Did you know that pregnancy and early parenthood is a prime time to bond with your partner? Your body is producing oxytocin, aka “the love hormone”, and this makes you more likely to feel close to your growing baby and to your partner (emotionally, even if not physically, because let’s be honest, pregnancy can also make you feel gross).
Attending a conference, for me, feels like an overload of inspiration, excitement, learning, and momentum, followed by a crash-landing of a return to real life. In an effort to maintain some momentum and consolidate my own learning, I decided to write about the things I learned and apply them to relationships and parenting.
Entering couples counselling is a risk. You agonize for weeks, months, maybe even years about whether to do this. You've had discussions with your partner about whether you really need counselling. You wonder how you'll fit another commitment into your already busy schedule. You wonder whether it will even work. Will this be worth it?