Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Phew...

We made it through my first week back to work. And by "we," I mean, well, me. It was incredibly hard to leave Scout last Monday morning and head to work all day, but I met them for lunch and was reassured when they arrived in clean clothes, diaper bag in tote, and seemingly no worse for wear. It's not that I thought that Mr. Mom wouldn't do a great job at solo parenting, but I was still nervous since it was the longest I had been away from her. I did send a lot of text messages in the last week to see how things were going, but only because I was curious and wishing that I was at home with her. And well, I'm pretty sure it's never going to be easy leaving her all day, but it's definitely easier than that first day...



I thought this Wubbanub thing would be genius since she's been able to start grasping blankets and such. But as soon as I gave it to her, she was all like, "There's a ridiculous stuffed dog attached to my most favorite pacifier and it's completely throwing off the balance." She's only tolerating it because I kept adjusting it while she napped on my bed.



We are lucky that Rykert's able to take paternity leave for the next month or so. This helps me so much because (a) I don't have to be at home solo over night and then wake up for work during my first weeks back and (b) I don't have to get out the door early with Scout and drop her at day care for a few weeks. But speaking of day care, Rykert had to go to work for one afternoon last week for some training, and Scout spent her first afternoon at day care. I left work early to pick her up. Amid the chaos of a crying newborn, a screaming 5 month old, and 2 near toddlers, Scout was sound asleep in a swing (of course).

After a week back, the work is just as I left it and we're settling into a bit of a routine. Scout goes to bed most nights between 8 and 8:30 (occasionally earlier or later), and sleeps until anytime between 5 and 6. I get up with her and feed and change her, and then, if time allows, I bring her back to bed with me (don't judge me) and she goes back to sleep. When I get up for work (6:30ish), I put her back in her room (someone sleeps far too deeply to have her lay in our bed without me) and get ready. She usually sleeps another couple of hours. Despite the early hour, I love this part of the day. Of course, this routine is subject to change at any point and without warning, because when it comes to sleep, Scout remains the boss around here. And come August when we are both back at work, things will have to change. But when I come home at night, if there has been any napping during the day, I'm greeted by all smiles and babbles..



4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

RadioactiveUnicorn said...

Aww I love her!

Bridget said...

I can't believe how big she is getting. She is so stinking cute. I can't wait to see her this weekend, (mom said you guys were coming back??) I hope thats the case. I don't think we have any plans. Maybe a pool party if the water starts behaving a little bit better.

janna said...

She's so cute!

Lovemook said...

That was the only way I could get through the workday alive was to bring both my kids to bed with me after their 3-4 am feeding. :) It'll never get easier dropping her off at daycare or leaving her with Mr. Mom :) But I actually was less jealous of daycare ladies than my mom who stayed home with my son for the first 6 months, so maybe it'll get easier for you once she goes to daycare. Either way good luck and enjoy all those sweet smiles at the end of the day!

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