Now I’m officially a working mom. I’ve been back at work for 3 weeks now, off to a bit of a slow start, but hopefully things will pick up soon. Basically a normal day goes like this:
5:40 AM wake up and get ready
6:30 AM get James up and fed
7:00 on the road
7:45 arrive at work
8:00-5:00 work work work
6:00 PM get home
6:00-9:00 make dinner for Aaron and I, take care of/play with James, shower
9:00 – 10:00 give James a bath, bottle, and put him to bed.
10:00 get ready for bed and do whatever I didn’t get to do earlier (shower, eat, check email, get diaper bag ready, talk to Aaron…etc)
10:30 go to bed
This is why I look forward to the weekend so much. And why I don’t eagerly look forward to Mondays. When I get home I basically have about 20 minutes total to myself, and usually that 20 minutes falls when I’m taking a shower. It’s hard to find time to do seemingly normal things like paint my toenails or read a magazine. Today I got up with James at 8, went to lunch with friends, to the mall for about 20 minutes b/c James got hungry, back home to clean and do laundry, and now Aaron is holding James, so I’m online. Next I’ll grocery shop, and then determine what we want to do tonight. Dinner? A movie? Who knows?? This is why Saturdays are more appealing than other days.
There you go, a day in the life of the busy-with-the-mundane me.
Along with James’ 2-month birthday came his 2-month shots. Poor little guy, he turned a deep angry burgundy/purple when the nurse stuck him in his leg and let out a yell so long I wondered if he would ever inhale again! It was so sad! Luckily he seems to have forgotten, but I’m still not looking forward to his 4-month appointment.
Also, along with being 2 months old, comes my return to work. If only we lived in a parent-friendly society where I could take my baby to work. Life would be great if I could have him with me all day. Maybe when I have my next child- this is the distant future- I’ll have my own office by then and I can set up a little mini-daycare for my kids 😉 jk. But it would be nice…
I’ve been spending my last day at home all day just lazing around with James. I figured I should do the one thing that I won’t be doing for a veryyy long time. Enjoying a day off with nowhere to go and nothing to do. Just watching TLC and playing with the baby.
I was reading online that sleeping a 4-5 hour stretch is considered sleeping through the night. All I can say is until James sleeps 7-8 hours I will not say he sleeps through the night. Especially when if I put him down at 10:00 he wakes up at 3:00 AM! I would kill to be able to sleep through the night again, I never realized how precious getting more than 4 hours of sleep would be! If I’d known I would have been going to bed at like 8 PM just to get 10 hours while I could!
Today is James’ 1 month birthday! He’s getting so big and he’s almost smiling. He smiles in his sleep, so we’re getting close. I’ve been enjoying staying home the past few weeks, and am looking forward to spending lots of time with James over the next few weeks before I return to work. He’s learned to sleep 5 hours at night, which is a drastic improvement! I am now one of those annoying moms who only talks about her baby! Maybe I’ll become a dreaded “mommy blogger” even! hah jk. I’m not cutesy enough for that.
On another note, with my new extra baby weight I can now fit into pants from the Gap! I got some the other day and was super excited! A whole new world has opened up to me now bc I love pants from Gap, but have always had the wrong proportions aka no hips. I still have a few pounds to go, but if I can wear cute pants maybe I don’t care. lol.
Aaron is finishing up coaching basketball and moving into coaching track, I went to his game the other day and his team played awesome and won. The other team’s coach and parents were embarrassingly bad sports. I had to sit with the opposing team’s fans bc I was late and had a huge baby carrier with me, and usually the fans are just annoying, but this time they were like a bunch of overgrown spoiled 7-year-olds. I hope to never be the embarrassing parent at high school sporting events.
After last week’s post I went into labor that night and had the baby the next day! I was in labor for about 16 hours and had James at 2:45 pm, weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces. Everything went well and we went home on sunday. We can’t decide who he looks like, he definitely has the Taylor chin-cleft just like my dad. No red hair though. He’s been very mellow so far and hopefully stays this way. Yesterday was his first Christmas.
I’ve been having contractions for the past 4 days, and still no baby. I’m so impatient I can hardly stand it. I suppose my due date isn’t for another week and 1 day, so I should settle in for a bit of a wait. If anyone has any advice on things to trigger labor, things to bring to the hospital, etc, please share. It’s hard to go to work and wonder if the next day I’ll be back, or if I’ll be back in 6-8 weeks! I don’t want to leave anything unfinished! I’ve also been trying to make sure I leave the cats plenty of food, so they don’t starve if nobody comes home to feed them!