A year ago, I could have mapped day out for you in thirty minutes increments almost exactly, from wake up, to work, to classes, to my responsibilities in the afternoon, to bedtime. I love having a schedule. But despite what some blogger mamas may have you believe, not every baby has schedule, and if they do have one, it is bound to change sooner rather than later. My daily schedule? Don't make me laugh.
My lifestyle has had to become so much more flexible in the last two and half months than it ever has been. Baby wants to be up at 6 am to play? Time to play. Baby wants to sleep from 4 pm until almost 7 pm? He's tired and needs to sleep. Baby thinks that 10 am (when we would be at church) is the perfect time for a spirited conversation in which he shows off his wide range of noises and volumes? Just smile and wave at the little old ladies staring directly at you.
The reality is, we can plan all we want but something is always going to interfere. It doesn't have to be your child. It could be your partner, the dog, the weather. We plan, and God laughs. But this doesn't mean give up on the planning, sometimes we need a plan and a schedule. It just means that we need to avoid being so rigid in our lifestyle that we can't flex and adjust when things change.
Don't become so set in your ways that when God calls, you are afraid to answer. Don't become so set on things being a certain way that you don't allow yourself to grow and change!