We are in a unique phase. You could call us premature empty-nesters. After years of wanting children, we had them. Now we don't. Those twelve weeks gave us a taste of parenthood: babysitters, naps, bedtimes, chaos, joy, exhaustion, fulfillment. At the end of some days, we would say, "I wish we had _____ before having kids." If you are a parent, I am certain you have such a list. Unlike most parents, we do not have to wait eighteen years or more to do those things. Our "shoulda, woulda, coulda" is now "should, will, can."
So, what are we going to do in this phase? Our plans fall into four major categories:
- Make fitness a hobby
- Restore our love of reading
- Get out of town
- Work together to make things better
We are already enjoying this new version of childlessness. Not necessarily the childless part, but the new version of our old life. I am excited to tell you what we have already done and what we are planning, so watch out for more posts. In the meantime, here are a few hints: