Well hello there again! It seems like once you have a baby, somebody pushes the fast forward button and just holds it down. I can’t believe little Everett is almost 4 1/2 months now! Time has certainly flown by. Everett is changing so fast every day, it amazes me what he can do now. He’s gotten really good at holding his head up and LOVES to roll from his back to his tummy. During the past week, he found his feet and those toes can’t stop going into his mouth! He’s also quite a talker. In the morning he’ll jabber about something and smile, and sometimes jabber about something before going to sleep (depending on how eventful his day was – he’s got a lot to say!) 🙂
I’ve been back at work for a little over a month now and the first week was definitely the hardest. It was the first time I was away from Everett longer than a couple of hours and it just broke my heart! Looking back, I probably should have done a trial day at daycare just so I could get my emotions in check before heading straight to the office after leaving my first born with strangers for a full day. Thankfully, Everett seems to adore daycare. He loves to watch the other babies crawl and play. The daycare ladies even call him “their baby” and love to hold him. Finding a place that takes good care of Everett and one that he enjoys is such a relief! 90% of the time when I drop Everett off, he never watches me leave. And there have been no tears (on his part) when I leave. My first day back in the office after 3 1/2 months of maternity leave I bawled pretty much every single time someone said, “Welcome Back!” I was just counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds until I could run to hold Everett again! When I finally got to the daycare to pick him up on his first day, he was fast asleep. The daycare ladies said, “Oh you can come back and get him later.” WHAT?!! COME BACK??? After I have waited over 9 grueling hours to hold my little boy?? Needless to say, I woke the poor child up and took him home!
After seeing that Everett was still alive and well after the first day (and that he obviously didn’t miss me as much as I missed him) 😉 it got easier to drop him off. I was thankfully only doing the ugly cry on my drive to work for the first three days.
I was expecting Everett to catch a bug or two when he first started daycare. Sure enough, that first week he got pretty congested. By the end of the second week, he had a full blown cold. By the end of the third week, we were already at the Pediatrician with a positive confirmation on a possible ear infection. 😦 Everett seems to have recovered just fine, even though he’s still a little congested – he also likes to share his germies with me, so I’ve been congested/fighting a cold for the past couple of weeks. Oh, the price you pay for having a kid in daycare!
I was worried about our breastfeeding relationship once Everett started going to daycare. Would he take his bottles okay? Would I be able to pump enough at work to keep up with his demand? Where WAS I going to pump at work? Happily everything has seemed to work out perfectly. My boss worked out the approval for me to use our company’s breakroom (our office is really small with only 23 people) and even ordered me a nice little “Do Not Disturb Sign” and got a lock put on the breakroom door for my pumping sessions. What a relief! I try my best to schedule my pumping sessions so they are not inconvenient to my co-workers, like smack dab in the middle of lunch hour. I will say, since returning to work and because I don’t feed Everett on demand during the day like I did during my maternity leave, I’ve had 4 plugged ducts within the past 4 weeks. OUCH! Ugh, but these little hurdles will not deter me. I’m proud of myself for making it this long breastfeeding (and now while working!) that we’ll certainly plan to go to 6 months and if I can make a year, that would be my ultimate goal!
I wish I could update my blog on a normal basis, but time is just so limited these days. On a usual workday, my schedule looks a little something like this:
6:30-7:00 am – Wake up/half feed Everett (he’s usually still conked out)
7:00-7:30 am – Get myself ready and dressed/try to feed Everett again before leaving
7:30ish am – Put Everett in his car seat, start grabbing the 5 bags necessary for the day (my pump, Everett’s bag of milk, etc) and load the car
7:45 am – Grab keys to walk out the door, hear THE loudest fart rip across the room. Change Everett. (Every.single.day he poops nearly as soon as I put him the carseat. I have learned to expect this now and to not get him all buckled in until the very last minute)
7:50 am – FINALLY get out the door
8:00 am – drop Everett off at daycare
8:05 am – Fight school traffic on my way to work
8:30ish – Arrive at work
8:30 am – 5 pm – Whistle while I work, do do do do do do do… And fit in 3 pumping sessions during the day
5:00 pm – leave and fight the evening traffic to daycare
5:30 – 5:45 pm – Finally get to daycare and see Everett’s cute little face!! (Best part of my day)
6:00 – 6:45 pm – Come home and feed Everett, Everett eats then naps in my arms. I’m in no hurry to put the boy down so I hold him as long as possible. 🙂
7:00ish pm – Start making dinner/try to prep for next day, wash bottles, make my breakfast and lunch for the next day
7:45ish – 8:00 pm – Eat dinner
8:30 pm – Feed Everett again
9:00 pm – Shower and head to bed, usually feeding Everett between 9:30 and 10pm again…
10:30 pm – PASS OUT and get ready to do it all over again…………
(not included – the times at night I get up to feed Everett. I usually end up feeding him in bed, and I’m so exhausted, I just keep him there with me. Bad habits, I know!! Also, Ralph is usually already gone to work by the time I even wake up in the morning, so morning duty is all me.)
As you can see, my free time (What is THAT?) is so limited these days! On the weekends, I want to spend as much time as possible with my little munchkin and play with him to make up for the hours lost during the week. So far this schedule is working okay. I think the perfect balance would be working part-time, but alas, I do not want to give up my full-time pay for that.
Even though the past month has been super busy, there are so many firsts I am looking forward to! We have our first beach trip as a family coming up soon, Everett’s first Halloween, and first Christmas! (I’m totally more excited about this Christmas than any of the others I’ve had!) 🙂 I’m planning to introduce solid foods around 6 months which should also be fun (and messy!)
And now for some photos!
Everett rolling over for one of the first times at 3 months. His lack of hair cracks me up! Gone is all the black hair and now he has a bunch of light brown hair.