So I’ve been a little bit M.I.A. around these parts. Things are busy, and the truth is that aside from sharing pics of Nora, I don’t feel like I have much to blog about these days. We are doing the normal Christmas season stuff–family gatherings, shopping, baking. The holidays are busy anyway, but add a baby into the mix and they seem even busier.
The last time I really updated you on how we’re doing, we were in my first week back at work, which was rough on many levels. But during our second full week, I dare say we hit a groove.
First off, and most importantly, Nora started sleeping better at daycare. She has fallen into a routine there that seems to be working for us. It’s still way different than the routine she was in at home, of course, but I suppose change is to be expected.
On a normal day, Nora takes a morning nap and an afternoon nap. The sitter says that these last around 1.5 hours each. In an ideal world, these naps would be a bit longer, but there’s not much I can do about it. Our only “problem” with this situation is that by the time we pick her up, Nora is ready for a third nap. She almost always falls asleep on the car ride home, and then we let her nap for 30-45 minutes to “hold her over” until bed. I’ll wake her up by about 6:15, then she’ll hang out with us while we eat dinner, we’ll play, then we do bath (if it’s a bath night) and bedtime. She’s usually in bed around 7:30 p.m.
The cons of this routine are kind of obvious… we get less time with her than I’d like. If I could change things, I’d love for her naps at daycare to be a little longer so that she could cut out the after-work nap and we could have a bit more awake time with her before she goes to bed.
I will admit, however, that this routine has its pros as well. Her little naptime allows us to unpack everything from the day, like dirty bottles, dirty diapers, pump parts, lunch dishes, etc. We can change our clothes and get comfortable for the evening. One of us starts dinner while the other washes bottles and pump parts, and straightens up a bit. Since we plan easy meals during the week these days, dinner is usually done by the time we wake Nora, at which point we all sit down together to eat and relax. Most of the time, the little nap refreshes Nora enough so that she’s in a great mood, so although shorter than we might like, the time we have with her is fun and happy.
Then, later, once Nora’s in bed, we finish whatever we didn’t get done before dinner–diaper laundry, regular laundry, more straightening up. I prepare the next day’s bottles and freeze the milk I pumped during the day.
See? The groove: we’ve got it.
By the time Friday rolls around, I’m SO.READY. for the weekend so I can spend more time with my baby girl. But aside from that, things really haven’t been too bad. Being back at work has its pros, too. My vocabulary is working its way back up from being reduced to “How big is Nora? Soooo big!” and the lyrics to “The Wheels on the Bus” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” while I was on my maternity leave. Of course, I would love to be at home with Nora, but this working mom gig, while challenging, hasn’t been as horrible as I was expecting.
A happy baby equals a happy mama. And that’s really all there is to it.
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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