November 24, 2011
Four months. I’ve been back at work four months now, and life has been a hectic strain like never before. I’m sure other workin’ Mums know exactly what I mean. Up at 5:30 am, to work as soon as possible, clock in at 7 am hopefully. I work straight through for 8 hours, with two pumping breaks, eating lunch at my computer. Leave for home at 3 pm, driving furiously (and yet within the speed limit, if the speed limit is considered to be +/- 10 km/hr). As soon as I’m in the door I have a baby wrapped around my neck, clinging furiously, refusing to let me walk away. Somehow make dinner, clean, eat, bath, then bedtime routine. Go, go, go!! Althea was going to sleep around 9 or 10 pm back at the end of the summer, but now she has thankfully adjusted to an earlier bedtime, 8 pm tonight. I find myself getting extremely sleepy an hour after she is asleep, but I somehow still need to get ready for work, clean, do this or that, and generally collapse on the couch for a little bit to knit and watch some tv. I’m back to having an extreme romantic attachment to my very comfy bed, falling asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow. I sleep like the dead, get up 1-5 times during the night to feed the baby, and do it again the next day!
Aside from how crazy busy life is, it is filled with so many good happy things, first and foremost being Althea who is growing well, developing each day, and is a joy. My job has let me stay on hourly, which allows me to be flexible and leave when I need to, and stay home when I need to, I just don’t get paid. Work is very busy, which is good when the economy is shaky as it is now. I don’t know why my boss always wants me to do this or that when it is 3 pm, but I’ve started asking him at 2:30 pm if he needs anything, and that is helping. Mr. J and Althea are doing well together at home, the bond between them gets stronger every day. We’re pretty sure she will be walking by Christmas! So much to tell you, so much to share. I hope you all are well.