I am challenged to sustain the excitement and lifestyle. With TLO and the Nanny in the house, we have to make sure that I work the graveyard shift (9PM-6AM or 10PM-7AM). The hubby, on the other hand, needs to be sure that he's home early. He had to say goodbye to extended shifts. This is the only way for TLO to NOT have an "alone" moment with the Nanny. We like the nanny, we just don't want TLO to go through the "trauma" of being left alone with a "stranger."
Aside from work schedule adjustments and commitments, we also have to make sure that there's always food on the table. We don't want TLO and the nanny to be hungry. For me, that means I have to cook before and after work. It also means that the probability of getting burns and wounds from food prep have gone on an all-time high. I have to be more careful.
We feel like real parents now. Anyone who wants to rain on this beautiful parade can fuck off. Yes, such a person exists.