Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Times they are a changin'

The first two days sans my precious little fake stay at home life. I worked until 8pm last night and then had to be back at work at 8am. Matilda was alseep when I got home and asleep when I went to work this morning. As far as how things are going my first week back...I don't think I can even process it yet. I cried when I dropped her off with Mama on monday and then I sucked it up. I thought about all of the women that do it all and I pretended I could be one! I called Jodi for a pep talk and went on my merry way. All of my co-workers gave me the warmest embrace and the amazing atmosphere put me in the Christmas spirit. I smiled a lot and didn't shed one tear. I have a feeling a prayer or two were heard. Thank you. Then I got home and Matilda was asleep and I cried my eyes out. I missed her so much and today was even harder. I'm just learning to juggle, to figure out how to make my entire house portable and how to not walk around with sad eyes and a broken heart. I think I'm pulling it off marginally.

A few things that I've learned...

Checklists are your friend:

New Parent Checklist $7.00

If you're pumping, I really love the electronic double duty. I can't tell you how sexy you will feel strapping this baby on, especially if it's in a bathroom where your male co-workers are privy to the sound of the sucking and pumping of your boobs. Listen, it's a pretty penny, but it best and it's faster:

Medela Pump In-style $279

I also love this little portable fridge:

Playtex fridge to go $15.99

This was the one thing I forgot at Mom's as I was bringing her Matilda's daily meals...and then my angel of a father brought it to work for me. I could not do this without them. I'm so lucky, I know and I try to remember that every day.

Pick your outfits out one day a week for the whole week. I've already discussed the challenges of dressing the breast feeding Mom. This alleviates a LOT of stress. It's one less thing to worry about and I've found that my outfits are much cuter when picked out once the sun has been up for a while.


Pack pjs in your diaper bag wherever you go so that you can swing that little munchkin from carseat to crib and never skip a beat.

Speaking of pajamas, I'm going to go get in them. I'm WHOOPED! Gotta retrain these legs to be stood on for eight hours a day instead of having them curled up on my couch. Ah, the good ole days.

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