May 24, 2013

Priorities

Since Noah was born, we've been pretty much go-go-go. Lots of people to see here and there - and if we weren't going to see someone, folks were coming to see us. It's been intense. Luckily, Noah is a completely awesome baby. He's still so relaxed even with all the traveling and the new places and new faces.

The other day, Matt told me that we should really look into getting to Connecticut, and I hesitatingly agreed. It would be a big expense, and figuring out how to get there would be a challenge. Flying was completely out of the budget, which left driving or the train. Matt's dad wasn't sure the car would make the trip (it's given us no reason to believe it is unsafe, but better to err on the side of caution with a long trip), so that left the train.

24 hours on a train with a newborn.

It was a difficult trip for just me a few years ago, though I'm not sure how much of that was weight related. But now, with a two-week old baby? With no place on the train for private nursing? And nowhere even to change a diaper? It was an overwhelming thought.

But the priority right now wasn't short-term comfort. It was getting to Connecticut to see my family, especially my dad. What convinced me, I suppose, was Matt insisting that if we didn't go and anything serious happened with my dad, God forbid, I'd never forgive myself for letting this opportunity go.

We looked up a few options.

We crunched a few numbers.

And we ended up renting a car and driving to Connecticut.

After making the decision, it took us less than two hours to pack, and we hit the road. A ton of traffic made the trip considerably longer than it normally is, but last night, we got here, safe and sound.

Money is tight. And so is time. But being here is absolutely a priority. Eating while we're here is always a struggle (for Matt now as well), but that's not even a worry right now. Food isn't at the front of my mind, I'm so preoccupied with other things.

It reminds me a lot of what I used to say when searching for motivation to go to the gym: we make time for the things that are important to us.

Right now, more than anything else, that's being able to get my father and my son together.