When you become a parent, things will be different, triple times than what you used to. As a result, schedules and routines become systematic, priorities outweigh, and every plan and decision must be configured.
From a happy-go-lucky kind of lifestyle into a fully fledge and responsible parent, the transition is somewhat tough to deal with, not because there aren't willing to adjust but being a parent requires a great deal of commitment and responsibilities. My husband and I had a hard time carrying on our schedules and routines, probably because of the adjustments from being just a girlfriend-boyfriend thing into a married couple. When Calie came into our lives, we haven't figured out how to go through our daily living. All we know is that we already have a baby, haha! So lame, right?
During our first year of marriage, my husband worked in a company as a Website Designer. He worked eight hours a day, from 10:00 in the morning till 7:00 in the evening. Since his office was only five blocks away from our home, he could have lunch at home. Before my 6th month pregnancy, I used to work in a tutorial center, from 9:00 in the morning till 6:00 in the evening and then spending two hours teaching on a college evening class during Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. So this is how our daily routine works, we used to go out on a date whenever and wherever we want. We don't mind the time, the money we spend nor the place we want to visit.
Looking back, when our little angel came, I can still recall how we argue about our schedules and everyday errands. We keep on questioning our abilities if we can work it out as parents. But after squabbling, I realize that I cannot blame him nor myself, we were beginning our journey as parents, and everything for us is fresh and unusual. We only learn and realize each day surpassed, which compels us to be refined and enlightened that parenthood is not just a one-day learning process.
As time goes by, we were able to handle our difficulties. We communicate, reflect, and understand that parenthood is a lifetime obligation that we need to embrace; therefore, my husband and I learn to organize every activity, schedule, and routine that we should never forget and live for the rest of our lives. Before we retire at night, we have small talk of the next day's agendas, so we can make arrangements and as much as possible avoid conflicts, and until now, we're doing it.
Organizing and be responsible for schedules and routines is just a baby step in building a family. It's probably hard to make adjustments when you become a parent, but your family matters at the end of the day. It's their welfare that comes first.