• Back to Work

    Date: 2011.07.07 | Category: Baby, Family, Home, Mark, Me, Sarah, Uncategorized, Work | Tags:

    I’ve been back at work for three days. I’m not sure what I expected. I guess I sort of thought Sarah and I both would be crying a lot. But then again, Mark and my mom are watching her this week. So work itself has actually been good. It’s been busy. Being gone for 12 weeks means a lot of catching up, even though I’ve been doing some work from home. It’s also good to see all of my co-workers again and catch up with them.

    What’s not good?

    I’ll tell you.

    1. I still have the anti-bottle beast baby. She hates the bottle still. Even with weeks of daily bottle feedings she still puts up a fight every. single. time. Most of the time she’ll give in after 10 minutes or so. After a 30 minute attempt this morning however, Mark called me in frustration and desperation. I spent my entire lunch break attempting and finally succeeding in giving her a bottle. And yes, I’ve tried different bottles and nipples. So far we’ve had the most success with Avent bottles, but I’m still open to suggestions.

    2. The breast pump. Pumping itself isn’t really all that bad. I just close my office door and settle in with a book or my phone until it’s over. The hard part is remembering to pack all the pieces to that dang thing and make it out the door with them every day. The first day back I had to turn around because I forgot a piece. This morning I forgot a piece and had to get it at lunch… only to forget the whole dang thing when I left to go back to work. Thank goodness my sister was able to bring it to me.

    3. Child care. This whole child care thing is an absolute nightmare. We got on lists months in advance like we were supposed to. Got into one, then found out their prices had skyrocketed since we registered in January. A few other things made us start questioning the place we selected. But what to do? Waiting lists are a year + long to get into good programs. Fortunately my sister’s daycare (that she absolutely loves) had an opening and we basically jumped on it. I think I will be a lot happier with this new place. However, instead of starting Sarah at daycare in September, she will begin next week. I’m having to mentally prepare myself for that, and frankly it’s making me nauseous.

    Life has definitely changed. And while work itself is basically the same, I am dealing with a whole new set of variables. At least I have my sweet girl to look forward to at the end of every day.