Catching Up

August 1, 2011

It has been a crazy two months for us, and we’re both (well all three of us actually) are now at home, resting up and catching up.  Althea went to her first foreign country, her first plane ride, her first camping experience, her first solid food, her first Stampede, so very many firsts for such a wee girl.  Needless to say with all the activity her sleep has suffered, and she is slowly getting back in the habit of sleeping more than three hours at a time.  I am also going back to work this week.  Sigh.  Sniff.  AHHHHHHHH!  Six months are up, and I need to go back to work, not only because they need me, but because WE need the money.  I have been working from home for a few hours every day for a month or two now, before Althea wakes up, but now I’m actually going to be heading to the office each day.  We have spent this week practicing, which means I feed Althea, then get up and head to the basement.  I’m allowed out around noon each day, at which time I snuggle my baby like mad, and she snuggles me back.  Mr. J has been doing an admirable job, but it has been crazy hard to hear her cry for me each day.  She is taking the bottle now, and starting to eat solids, and is getting to be such a good little girl.  Next week I’ll actually head to the office, and as soon as possible stretch to full time days.  I want to head off as soon as I finish her last feeding in the morning, then get some hours in while she is still asleep, and get home as soon as possible.  Pumping at work is going to be so much fun, I imagine the guys are going to be super embarrassed, and I’ll try not to make too many bad jokes about the milk in the fridge.  There is no real place for me to go to close a door and pump except the bathroom, so I plan on just doing it at my desk with my nursing cover on.  So many bad jokes, must. not. say. them.  Now that it has been over six months of nursing, I’m a bit too comfy with it, and haven’t even been using the cover much in public.  Actually it is almost impossible to use my cover as Althea immediately grabs it, shoves it in her mouth, waves it around, struggles to get her head out to see, etc. etc.  I’ve started to just turn my chair away so that what we are doing is not in your face, get her started and use my shirt to cover up anything. 

This week as I mentioned I’ve been going to the basement in the morning to work, and as I finished my tasks I could do from home, I had extra time on my hands.  Wow, extra time, without baby care  in it.  That hasn’t happened since….. January.  I’d like to say I’ve been so productive, and gotten so many things done, but I really haven’t.  Instead I’ve been indulging, knitting and catching up on podcasts that I haven’t listened to since… January.  I started (another) new sweater, almost finished a baby project that I started before Althea was born, wound yarn, indulged, indulged, indulged.  It has been awesome. 

 All in all, Althea is doing so well with her Daddy, whom she loves very much.  She is very lucky to have him, and vice versa.  I can tell Mr. J is feeling pretty good about caring for her so well, he finally gets to help out after so many months of it being Mummy only.  I have so many to catch you up on, and I’ll be working away on my little posts now that I’ve made a start.  I hope you stay tuned and are enjoying this beautiful summer we’ve been having.

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One Response to “Catching Up”

  1. Cheryl S. said

    She looks like such a happy girl!
    It will definitely be an adjustment for all of you, but I’m sure you’ll make it work.

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