Working from home
Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, has been quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.”
With the norm that is now living with Covid-19 around us, I view this statement in a very different way. We can't plan ahead like we used to, as change is a constant, not simply on a regular basis but now on an almost hourly basis - travel / don't travel, mask-up / don't mask-up, stay-in / go out, and so on. Aaaaaargh!
Having survived the mammoth trip from Australia to Europe recently, (see last blog) I am now trying to divide my time between France and England - and actually really enjoying it. The frisson of not knowing if I will be quarantined, or locked-down, or denied entry keeps me on my toes. But I am also now enjoying working via Zoom - I am teaching Yoga via Zoom, English Language classes via Zoom and will be re-starting Baby Massage Classes - via Zoom! This has given me so much freedom and has definitely made me more creative, whilst allowing me more time with family and friends - when we meet face-to-face - there's only so much one wants to do via Zoom and walks in the park etc., are not one of them!
Heraclitus quotation is also a great one for living life with a new baby. New parents lives are whittled down to hours - feed every ? hours, sleep every ? hours (parents & babies), change nappy every ? hour and so on. Constant change, but with the added benefit of constant growth - for both parent and baby. Our babies grow an incredible amount in the early months. I love facts like:
A baby’s eyes are 75% of their adult size, but its vision is around 20/400. By six months, a baby’s vision should reach 20/20.
The inner ear is the only sense organ to develop fully before birth. It reaches its adult size by the middle of pregnancy.
At birth, babies have no kneecaps. Kneecaps do not develop completely until after six months.
The intestines of a newborn are about 11 feet long. The length will double by the time the baby grows to adulthood.
A newborn urinates about every 20 minutes and then roughly every hour at 6 months.
And so on...amazing! And as parents, we are contributing to all of that development.
It isn't only the baby who is developing but also us. By default, whether we made a pre-birth statement that our baby will not change our life - they just do! And why not? New instincts kick-in that take our focus away from some aspects of life and help us care for our child. We are the only one who would die for and kill for our child - for most of us the bond is just that strong. We don't need to learn to be parents, we just 'are'.
Babies bring new highs and new lows to our lives - but eventually the highs outstrip the lows as our baby gets older and we learn to understand them - and ourselves - better.
I will be recommencing Baby Massage Classes (live-streaming via Zoom) mid-September (European morning time) and can't wait to meet some of you new parents.