This past week was a doozy for me. And probably for John too. It was my first official week back at work so the whole family had to adjust. We were busy and routines were thrown off. But it was a good one!
Sunday I had to work an outreach event for work. John needed to get things finished for his work so I took the baby with me to the event. I wore her in the moby the whole time and she was pretty much asleep for every minute of it! The event was outside and it happened to be freezing that day – no fun! We had a lower turnout for the event than expected but we were still kept pretty busy the whole time. Babywearing is where it’s at — it kept both of us nice and toasty warm and I was able to do so much while L didn’t have to miss her afternoon nap.
Monday I was back at work. I already wrote about that day in detail. It went pretty well. L didn’t nap like she normally does but I kind of expected that. It was a hard day for both of us.
Tuesday was John’s first day alone with L for 4 hour stretches. I think L did a bit better this day because she’s more familiar with her dad and it was her second day doing this new routine. Did I mention that two days a week, Monday & Wednesday, my mother-in-law watches L? SHOUT OUT TO IRENE!!! :)
Wednesday was the second day with grandma and she did so much better this day. She took her morning and afternoon naps this day and it went better for everyone. L turned 3 months old this day too!
Thursday was better than Tuesday for John and Friday was even better. John and L even visited me at work briefly Friday afternoon. L is still not taking to bottles like she should which has me worrying while I’m at work. I think she has naturally stretched out her morning feeding but she still needs something in the afternoon. When I come home for lunch she is taking almost my whole lunch break, a half hour, to nurse. And she has not nursed that long for a single feeding since she was 2 weeks old — she’s always been an efficient eater. I think she’s trying to store up more at that time, but she is also definitely comfort nursing some during that time as well. Whichever it is I’m happy to have her stay as long as she wants so I can snuggle her close and get some kisses in before I have to go back to work. All in all, we still have some kinks to work out for our weekday schedule, but the end of the week was definitely better than the beginning.
Friday is our pizza and movie night. We always get this pizza and we think it might be our favorite ever, including pizzas we’ve had from restaurants. We started this tradition, eating pizza and watching a movie that we have never seen, a couple months ago and it’s fun. We both tend to be repeat watchers so we have to force ourselves to watch something other than a true blue favorite film. In the future I’d like to try making some different kind of pizzas, but until then Amy’s is the best. The movie we watched this week was The Desolation of Smaug. We are huge LoTR fans — HUGE and we love The Hobbit but we did not get to see DoS in theaters because I was hugely pregnant and not wanting to sit in a crowded theater for a long time in a cramped seat. We’ve been waiting for DoS movie night for a long time and we were thrilled to watch it. We both liked it. However, I’ll have to watch it again before I form a proper opinion because I missed parts while I was getting L to sleep.
Saturday I had to work another event so it was my 7th day in a row of work. When I come back to work full time I come back with a bang apparently! This event, unlike the one on Sunday, had beautiful weather. It was so nice outside and it was well-attended. John took the baby for most of it so she wouldn’t get overheated or be in the sun too long. He brought her back to me to nurse in the middle of the work period and then came and picked me up when it was over. The rest of Saturday was spent doing laundry, dusting, and vacuuming (me) and yardwork (John).
Sunday was a fabulous day. It was gorgeous outside and we finished up some yardwork and we rearranged the furniture in our bedroom. I’m so glad John is on the same page as me when it comes to rearranging. We both just need to change things up. I’d say at least twice a year we change our bedroom layout and at least 4 times a year we change the living room layout — the two rooms we are in the most. I got the itch for change a few weeks ago and finally John felt it too so we went to it and we love it! Sunday night we were also asked to visit our birth instructor’s home and share our birth story with her new class. We were a bit worried for how L would do since it wasn’t until 7pm and it would go past her bedtime, but she was fabulous. She made us look good because she didn’t meltdown at all. We got lucky. You never know how babies are going to do when you start messing with their sleep. But I just nursed her a couple time while we were there and cuddled her and she was great. She didn’t start crying until we were about halfway home! It is always wonderful to hear birth stories and to get to share ours was just lovely. Our birth instructor has always said to us that it’s important that women share their stories to make other women aware that they have options other than the standard medical birth and to empower women going through it. We definitely feel the same way. I want people to know that the labor and delivery process is something women are so lucky to get to experience instead of just something horrible they have to get through. All the couples we spoke to were so sweet and I’m just so excited for the journey they are on. We also got to have a small discussion about cloth diapers — one of my favorite subjects now! Haha! We are speaking at another one of her classes in a couple weeks. I’m glad we are speaking again because we love our instructor and because I thought of a thousand things I left out, the next time we speak I’ll remember to share.
That was our week! Hope you had a great one too!