I remember us, young, carefree us.

I remember us, young, carefree us.

Plans were only made for travel, and routine was as good as the empty pages of our phone calendar.

Sheets would lie lazily around us on Sunday mornings and new cafe ventures would await. Now the sheets are cold at 4am but the floor next to the cots are warm.

The touch of each other’s hands have been replaced by soft beautifully grubby little ones.

Our excitement used to lie in the discoveries about each other, now they’re with each little new word or tooth, each new curl.

We sigh a lot, usually as a response to a question, “How was your day?”, “Sigh”.

When I throw my arms around you it’s to lean on you, and you know that, and that’s OK.

We brush past each other like drifting clouds in the night time routine.

We forget to say I love you out-loud sometimes, but we have a language that we’ve developed in support instead, the I love you’s are still there.

Our days were mapped by arbitrary decisions, currently they’re dictated by leaps, phases and regressions, I know we didn’t want to be “those parents”, but here we are.

We’re completely and vulnerably honest with each other, not just in words but in our deepest emotions and letting them float to the surface.

We’ve seen a lot, YOU have seen a lot of me, and we’ve become comfortable, sometimes as comfortable as the open door on the toilet conversing about what’s for dinner, and no one batts an eyelid... no one.

I want to thank you though, for always asking me how I am doing, even though you’ve just come home from a long days work, for walking in with a smile, for hugging the kids like you haven’t seen them in ages, for saving me the last coffee pod, for running a bath without me asking, for the shoulder rub that lasts 3 minutes as you fall asleep.

Thank you for seeing through the unfamiliarity and knowing I’m still there, but loving the new me even more, and loving what we’ve created more than life itself.

We are discovering so much as parents, let’s not forget our relationship is a new discovery too.

Us has a new meaning now, it’s us and them, a new version of us. Encompassing and evolving and I love you for supporting and loving me through it all.

Here’s to us.

Written by our newest contributing writer Jess Urlichs.
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