It’s all happened so fast…

I’ve spent a wonderful 3 1/2 months home with C and the time has truly flown by. I head back to work next week, and C heads off for her first days of daycare. Sniff, sniff…

I’ve kept in touch with coworkers while I was out, but haven’t kept up on the status of projects in the office. I had mixed feelings about being out of the loop – I didn’t want to get behind while I was out, but at the same time, I didn’t want to take away from my time with C because of work distractions. So now, I’m a week out from heading back, and I’m starting to run down my mental checklists. Time to dust off the blackberry (better put the battery back in first!) and retrieve my laptop bag from the home office. I’ll sort through the masses of email that await me when I go in.

I’m easing back in to things with a reduced schedule at work… at least for the first few months. I’ll be working three days a week and spending two days home with C. I’m glad I’m not moving directly back in to full time (+) right away. It’s going to be a big transition for both of us.

Next week, I plan to spend my days off at daycare with C, helping her adjust to the new people, location and schedule. Schedule… ugghh. That’s something we really haven’t pinned down at home, so I’m not sure how to transition her to one at daycare. C is usually ready for a nap within an hour of waking (either from a nap or in the morning) but man does she fight her naps… if she knows there’s a nap coming, she screams and thrashes until she’s tired herself out. I hate it. We’ve tried implementing a nap routine, but that routine clues her in that it’s nap time, and she freaks out as soon as she realizes what’s happening. Part of our routine is swaddling her, which she hates – probably because it’s the one thing she knows only happens when it’s nap time. It does an effective job of helping to keep her asleep (she doesn’t startle herself awake), but I’m not sure it’s worth the tears. The other option for getting her to sleep is laying down with her and nursing her to sleep – tear free. She doesn’t fight her nap using this method, although I know it’s something that can’t be easily done away from home, nor is it possible for daycare to replicate. The bottle doesn’t have the same effect on her that nursing does… in fact, the bottle only upsets her more. So, needless to say, I’m a bit concerned about her getting naps and fed at daycare. She gets so fussy when she hasn’t napped, and I’m worried that she’ll be a terror at daycare, and later at home as well! I guess we’ll see how she does once we get her there.

After spending much of the last week in bed with C, I can finally say that we both feel much more well rested. Not that it will last long – one bad night will surely throw me back in to the sleep deficit department, but at least I’m not starting out there. C still wakes frequently to eat during the night. Some nights, she’s up once – others, she’s up every two hours. It hasn’t been a problem during maternity leave, but I can’t imagine dealing with that sleep schedule and then heading in to a full day work as well. I watched Ben do it the first month C was here, and it didn’t look easy!

Well, I’m off to enjoy my final days of maternity leave. Even though I didn’t accomplish everything that I hoped to, I did manage to take care of the highest priority item on my list… spending time with C.

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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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